getting out the WORD - the 24th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
[Jesus said to the disciples:] "As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 25:1-13

the DEVOTION...
Finally! A passage we Americans can understand! One we can sink our teeth into! One we can believe in! One we can live by! Where value and worth are determined by what we earn, by what we deserve!

One slave receives five talents and makes five talents! Another receives two and makes two more! A third receives one but adds nothing to it. Digs a hole! Hides it away! And when all is done and said, that one is declared worthless. Outer darkness! Weeping! Gnashing! We listen and, then, we say, "Praise to you, O Christ!"

But we need to look, again. No one redeemed. No one delivered. Not a word about love or forgiveness, about Jesus or cross. No promise given. No faith inspired. Sure, it's chapter and verse! Yes, it's printed in red! But this is not - IS NOT - the gospel of the Lord! In fact, it's everything that gospel isn't! So, at times like this, it's important to remember what good news really, truly is... In the grace and mercy of god, Jesus Christ was given... to die for us... and for his sake... god forgives... each and every... one and all... period... exclamation mark... end of sentence...
Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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