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The Rev. William Klock: “The New Covenant” (Luke 22:1-23)

September 26, 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 New Covenant.  This message is based on Luke 22:1-23, and Fr. Bill has some good thoughts about that passage.  In particular I liked his closing exhortation:

Brothers and Sisters, we come to the Lord’s Table this morning.  As he commanded the Israelites to observe the Passover every year as a reminder of his deliverance of them from the bondage Egypt, so Jesus commanded his people to continue to observe his Supper as a reminder of his deliverance of us from the bondage of the Satan, from the bondage of sin and death.  Like Israel, it’s easy for us to forget what the Lord has done for us.  The kingdom has come, but it hasn’t been fully consummated.  It’s “already, but not yet”.  We’re still surrounded by a hostile word, just as Israel was.  But that’s the point.  God called Abraham and his children to be a light and a blessing to the nations so that that hostile and sinful world might know him.  Israel failed.  And yet Jesus came into the world not to condemn, but to redeem.  God wants the world to know him.  And so Jesus gathered a faithful remnant from Israel, he freed them from the bondage of sin, just as the Lord had once freed Israel from the bondage of Egypt.  And now he calls this new Israel—his Church—to be a light and a blessing to the world.  He calls us, Brothers and Sisters, to live the same sacrificial life that Jesus lived—loving our enemies, doing good to our persecutors, giving our very selves for the sake of the people around us, walking the way of the Cross—as we follow him and only him in faith.  It’s not easy.  Just as old Israel so often grumbled against God in the wilderness, just as she longed for the fleshpots of Egypt, just as she refused to go forward in faith into Canaan because she was afraid of giants, so we, the new Israel, can so easily find ourselves longing for the old sins from which we’ve been freed, grumbling about our lot in life, hating our persecutors and wishing them judgement and harm, and so often afraid to go forward in life and mission because we see “giants” ahead, because we’re afraid to make the sacrifices that Jesus calls us to make.  Friends, when you’re afraid, when you’re dissatisfied, when you lack faith to live for others, think on the Cross.  Think on the love that Jesus poured out there for us—for men and women who were not his friends, but his enemies.  Remember that while Israel struggled to follow a law written on stone tablets, Jesus has written his law of love on our hearts by his own Spirit.  Brothers and sisters, remember that rather than condemning us, Jesus has redeemed us with his own blood that we might, with the same kind of love, make his redemption known to the rest of the world.

These are good thoughts to remember whenever we take Communion.  If you want to hear the full message, you can do so below.

 

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