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The Rev. William Klock: “Pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Luke 22:39-53)

October 17, 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 Pray that you may not enter into temptation.  This message is based on Luke 22:39-53, and Fr. Bill has some good thoughts about that passage.  In particular I liked this portion where he points out that there is reason to find hope in that dark night on the Mount of Olives, described in Luke 22:

Dear friends, as dark as that night was on the Mount of Olives and as agonised as Jesus was over his coming suffering and death, you and I have reason to find hope in these events. In his brutal torture and painful death, Jesus faced the absolute worst that sin and death, that the devil could throw at him. The worst. He knew what was at stake. The Cross represents the Satan at the absolute height of his power. Think on that. And then consider that three days later Jesus rose from the dead, bursting forth from the tomb full of life. As St. Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians: “Death is swallowed up in victory!” In the defeat of the Satan and in his resurrection Jesus has begun the work of renewing Creation; he’s begun the work of reversing the corruption unleashed on the world by human rebellion and sin. Brothers and Sisters, Jesus calls us to join him in his ministry of restoring life to the world. Sin and death are all around us. Men and women continue to live in rebellion and to believe the lies of the devil. But Jesus has entrusted us with his light. He calls us to shine it into the darkness of the world’s rebellion—to expose sin, to expose the devil’s lies, and give the world a taste of the life that Jesus has made possible. In that same passage in 1 Corinthians Paul reminds us that Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection—the first to go where the rest of his people, the rest of us, and the rest of his Creation will one day follow in new life in a new heaven and a new earth.

If you’d like to hear this message, you can do so on the player below.

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