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The Ministry Of Fading
Fifth Sunday in Lent

from the book
Sermons On The Gospel Readings
Series I, Cycle B

Robert A. Noblett

John 12:20-33


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We could spend our sermon time talking with you about John's Christology and how our text indicates Jesus' understanding of his impending death, but after a brief period, I would begin to see in some of your eyes that glazed look that would tell me you had gone off to a faraway place. It's true; this text is about Christology, but a Christology that comes with our names on it too. Says Jesus, "Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also" (v. 26). Read this to mean: "What I am saying about myself applies to you also, even you living in the infancy of a new millennium."

Here's what Jesus says: "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (v. 24).

One doesn't have to be a farmer to understand this. Always, ...

This Fifth Sunday in Lent sermon, The Ministry Of Fading, is based on John 12:20-33 and relates to Fifth Sunday in Lent of Cycle B 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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