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

Jealous Of The Good

Fifth Sunday in Lent

from the book
The Glory Of Our Weakness
Sermons With Children's Lessons For Lent And Easter

Erskine White

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When the Romans ruled Israel at the time of Jesus, they had an interesting custom about this time of year. A crowd of people would gather in front of the governor, and they could vote on releasing any prisoner they wanted from prison. It could be a murderer, a thief, a terrorist -- anyone. Every year at this time, one person put in prison for a crime would be given his freedom, and the people got to choose which prisoner that would be.

What do you think about that? Do you think that is a good idea? Do you think we should do that today? (Let them answer.)

Well, when Jesus was arrested, He was one of the prisoners who could have been released. But there was another prisoner in jail at the same time named Barabbas. The governor brought out Jesus and Barabbas and asked the crowd which one should be set free. The people voted for Barabbas to be released,...

This Fifth Sunday in Lent sermon, Jealous Of The Good, is based on Matthew 27:15-26 and relates to Fifth Sunday in Lent of Cycle of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book The Glory Of Our Weakness . 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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