Sermon Introduction –
We like the Jesus who heals, gathers the children, and challenges political authority.
We are not certain what to do with a Jesus who brings FIRE and DIVISION.
Our task as Christians is to scan the vastness of Jesus love for the truth.
Introduction to our readings –
The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today in worship we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”