November 2, 2014
Matthew 5:1-12
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22

Getting More Of God Than We Really Want

Transfiguration Sunday

from the book
Sermons On The First Readings
Series I, Cycle A


John T. Ball



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There is an old story about a Sunday school teacher who asked a young girl in her class why her little brother wasn't coming to Sunday school any longer. The girl replied, "Well, to tell the truth, he just can't stand Jesus!" Her brother had more of Jesus than he wanted.

We all can understand this. Once in a while we get more of Jesus than is comfortable. James Dittes has suggested that many people who always sit on the back pew don't want to feel too close to God. Sitting in the back pews is protection for them. Possibly, many of us who come to worship are not hankering for the blessed arms of Jesus. We sense that a genuine confrontation with our Creator and Sustainer can be a terribly shattering experience.

This brings us to our lection for today. God calls Moses to the mountain to give him the tablets of the Commandments. Moses stays on the mountain ...

This Transfiguration Sunday sermon, Getting More Of God Than We Really Want, is based on Exodus 24:15-18 and relates to Transfiguration Sunday of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The First Readings . 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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