April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Acts 10:34-43

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Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4

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The debilitating effects of rejection may be felt by the unemployed and the homeless, by deserted or divorced persons, by neglected children, by an unpopular pastor and by many others. In identifying with human suffering, Jesus endured rejection by those most familiar to him from his years of childhood and youth.

Fortunately, Jesus did not become so depressed by his rejection that he gave up his work. He found parallels in stories that we can find today in the Bible. While these were presented in teaching those who rejected him, they provided explanations for his experience and may have been important for his human self as they would be for us. Yet our consciousness of Jesus' deity limits our attempts to compare ourselves with him. He is not so much the example we should copy as he is the redeemer who may deliver us in the situations that threaten us.

If we seek a more limited person, one more like ourselves, we...

This sermon commentary, Rejection, is based on Luke 4:21-32 and relates to Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 of Cycle C of the lectionary. This Sermon Commentary on Luke 4:21-32 is just one of over 1,000 Sermon Commentaries at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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