July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Love One Another

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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The ministry of Jesus Christ, according to John's Gospel, has been compared to the arc of a pendulum. The pendulum begins from its high position with news that "Jesus was in the beginning with God." (1:2) But many preferred the darkness to the light (3:19); and the pendulum reaches its low side with this tragic observation, "Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him." (12:37) The first half of John's Gospel, which biblical scholar Raymond Brown calls the Book of Signs pictures for us the down-swing of our pendulum. The Book of Glory, which is the second half of the gospel, describes the upswing.1

But the upswing of this pendulum begins at its lowest point. The hour of Jesus' death is drawing near. There are no more conversations, discussions and arguments with the general public. The time is at hand to prepare his disciples for what is to come. So the first verse...

This Fifth Sunday of Easter sermon, Love One Another, is based on John 13:31-35 and relates to Fifth Sunday of Easter of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book THE POWER OF DARKNESS . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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