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

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Seeing and hearing

Third Sunday of Advent





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In the midst of our Advent distinctions between vision and sight, this Sunday's pericopes seem to merge the two. The first lesson from Isaiah 35 splatters a vision of the kingdom of God all over the landscape, transforming flora and fauna, to say nothing of human welfare. The Gospel from Matthew 11 draws our attention to what was happening in the ministry of Jesus right before the very eyes of the people. Together the two lessons challenge us to consider the "already" nature of the kingdom as it dawned in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. At the same time, the Gospel raises the question about the difference between the good deeds of the world and those of the church.

Perhaps the latter question is a matter of identity. As we work through the matter of seeing and hearing, we encounter a veritable Who's Who, particularly in the Gospel. Who is John? Who is Jesus? Who are we, the church?...

This sermon commentary, Seeing and hearing, is based on Matthew 11:2-11 and relates to Third Sunday of Advent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This Sermon Commentary on Matthew 11:2-11 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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