"the Cross" Tagged Sermons
The Rev. Virginia Holleman visits Good Shepherd on the first Sunday of Advent. Drawing from an apocalyptic reading in Matthew’s gospel, she helps us to understand the connection between Jesus’s birth, His death and resurrection, and His return in the Second Coming.
From the beginning of Creation, God has created a divine order for the universe and everything within it. Fr. Marc encourages us to live with wisdom, which aligns our lives with God’s order and plan for us. This will ultimately lead us to the Cross, which is “foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Looking at 1 John and other passages of scripture, Fr. Marc points to God’s greatest gift of love: His own Son. While we can never repay that priceless gift, we can live our lives for Him and for others in remembrance of His sacrifice and love for us.
In this Palm Sunday sermon, Fr. Marc contrasts the suffering of Israel in the Old Testament with the suffering of the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah 50. He reminds us that we, too, must take up our cross to follow Christ.
Fr. Marc looks at the transition in Jesus’ life from ministry to Israel to a mission to bring salvation to Israel and the whole world through death on the Cross. Jesus wasn’t the type of Messiah the people wanted or expected, but He was and is the Messiah that we all desperately need.
Looking to the courage and faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Fr. Marc reminds us that our road to salvation has to go through the Cross.