Timothy C. Slutter Sr. posted a status
Mar 6
Today I was writing my short sermon for the nursing home for Lent and I thought that it might be good to add this to the website. I am going to add these and hopefully these will be a good way to add fuel for thought for some folks. Gospel: John 3 1-17

3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus1 by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again2 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.3 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You4 must be born again.’ 8 The wind5 blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you6 do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.7 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.8

For God So Loved the World
16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


Sermon:

Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God’s desire and protect and save us, our God persists. In holy baptism, God’s people have been called and gathered into a God-initiated relationship that will endure. Lent provides the people with a time and a tradition in which to seek a face of the Lord again. Lent provides another occasion to behold the God of our salvation in the face of the Blessed one who “comes in the Name of the Lord”. In today’s Gospel Nicodemus seeks out Jesus to ask him questions. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, he had a high place in amongst the Jews, do you suppose that is why he came to Jesus at night to talk to him? He possibly didn’t want others to know that he sought out Jesus? He had many questions that he was seeking answers to. He knew that anyone that could perform the miracles that Jesus did had to be special and be sent from God. He knew that this “man” was something special. Jesus explained to him that part of Nicodemus’ job was to enlighten the Jews yet he needed to be enlightened himself. Jesus talked about being reborn and he could not grasp what Jesus was talking about because he was thinking about being physically reborn as if from the mother’s womb. As with many things in Jesus’ teachings the Jews took things literally and not as in spiritual context as they were meant to be.

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