getting out the WORD - the fourth sunday in lent PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
And they drove him out... .

John 9:1-41

About a month ago, I came across a quote by the good doctor I'd never seen before. "The gospel," Luther says, "cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult." Most of us expect rainbows and butterflies! But instead of a great, big smiley face, Luther reminds us, when we really, truly preach the good news, we get opposition! You see, the same word that lifts up the lowly, also brings down the powerful! And the same word that fills the hungry with good things sends the rich away empty! And we're sure to hear about it!

So, this week, Jesus walks along, sees a man blind since birth, and heals him! The gospel of the Lord! "Praise to you, O Christ!" But instead of a happily-ever-after, there's only confusion and conflict! When everything's done and said, the man that was blind since birth - the man who, now, sees - is driven out of his home! People, I guess, are more accepting of a blind beggar than of a blind beggar who can see!

The gospel can't, really, be preached without offense and tumult... even if Jesus is doing the preaching! Maybe ESPECIALLY if Jesus is doing the preaching!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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