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The Rev. William Klock: “The Lord said to my Lord” (Luke 20:41-21:4)

September 6, 2015

Here is another sermon in the series on the Gospel of Luke being preached by the Rev. William Klock of Living Word REC in British Columbia, titled The Lord said to my Lord.  This message is based on Luke 20:41-21:4, and Fr. Bill has some good thoughts about that passage.  In particular I liked this exhortation:

Brothers and sisters, Jesus warns us here too.  He is as much Lord today as he was then.  As he judged Israel so he will one day judge the Church.  Does our messianic box account for that?  I think that too often we think of the Messiah as one who pats us on the back and gives us a thumbs-up for our piety while we live ostentatiously and with little thought for the poor and for outsiders and for people lost in darkness.  Does our church reflect the values and priorities of Jesus or the values and priorities of the world?  Do we take pride in the offerings we give out of our abundance, thinking that we’ve earned a place at Jesus’ Table?  Or do we come in humility to his Table, knowing that apart from him we are unworthy so much as to gather up the crumbs.  He has given his life for us.  Our desire ought to be to give back our own—not just our money, but everything, for his sake and for him to use for his kingdom.

Ask, too, as a church whom do we court?  I’ve known churches and pastors and congregations that court the wealthy and the beautiful and the successful, while ignoring the poor and destitute and broken.  I don’t think we’re that kind of church, but do we actively seek out the poor and the broken to tell them that Jesus is Lord and to show them what that looks like?  The typical church here in North America is filled with middle-class families and retirees and even when we don’t mean to, we often send the message to single people that they don’t belong.  To the outsider we give the impression that we’ve got it all together—that the Church is for happy people with happy families, clean clothes, full bellies, and enough money left over to give some back to God—just like the rich people dropping their silver and gold into the temple treasury.  Whether consciously or not, we leave grace out of that image—as if we were never broken and in need of the Saviour ourselves.  We need to be open and honest about our own need of Jesus.  Consciously or not, we send the message to people who are poor and broken that they need to solve their problems, get some nice clothes, fix their broken families, join our social circle before they can feel welcome in Jesus’ Church.  Why?  Because we put forward an image that we have it all together and that we are not broken and struggling in our own ways.  Brothers and sisters, the humility we express in the liturgy, in the Confession and in the Prayer of Humble Access should be apparent in our lives as we give ourselves and our all in ways that express our gratitude for the undeserved mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness we poor sinners have received from Jesus; as we give our lives for sake of others as Jesus has given his life for us.

If you’d like to listen to the whole sermon, you can do so here.

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