April 27, 2014
John 20:19-31
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Fire Falling From Heaven

Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20

from the book
Sermons On The Gospel Readings
For Sundays In Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany


R. Robert Cueni



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Jesus spends much of the twelfth chapter of Luke reassuring and encouraging his followers in the face of possible catastrophic circumstance. "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more" (v. 4). "Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life" (v. 22). "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (v. 32).

The same chapter ends on a far less positive note. Rather than encouraging reassurance, Jesus says that his ministry will be very divisive. After spending 45 verses trying to quiet the anxiety of his followers, Jesus tells them that he came to bring fire to the earth. He insists that he will not bring peace. Instead, his ministry will divide families and pit individual members of households against one another. The ministry of our Lord is to rain fire from heaven!

I suspect his first...

This Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 sermon, Fire Falling From Heaven, is based on Luke 12:49-56 and relates to Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Gospel 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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