Biblical Text: Mark 7:14-23
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This is the second part of the Jesus’ discussion in Mark chapter 7. The first part (last Sunday) focused more on the centrality of the Word of God. In the words of the Lutheran confessions that would is the sole norm of life and faith. It is the norming norm. All of our traditions must conform to the Word of God. The second part Jesus turns from false source of authority to the source of our problems with it. It is not that we don’t know the Word of God, but that naturally, out of the heart of man, come evil designs. What we take into the body cannot defile us as Mark comments settling the question of foods once. But we naturally take part in wickedness and fall into foolish ways.
The sermon examines Jesus’ comments on both wickedness and foolishness and puts it in the context of the larger bible’s discussion of understanding and foolishness. It then bridges into the good news. Out of our natural hearts come wickedness, but God is about replacing those hearts.
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This link has a Sullivan reader giving his logic on why suffering should lead to atheism.
Here is the simple Christian answer. We have done something terribly wrong and its fouled up this entire existence. To our relative way of thinking our petty sins aren’t that bad. But to the absolute standard of holiness. We don’t measure up; and never can. The whole world groans under that weight. And some people get it worse than others. And that s*cks. The Father knows that. Knowing that he didn’t wash his hands of it. He sent His son into it. And this s*cky world did to him what it does to everybody. It kills everybody. This existence places all of us under the cross. A cross that God did not dodge. He promises not the perfection of this world, but the recreation. Everything under the cross heads to the fire. But starting with His son, and following through with all those found in Christ, we long for that new creation.
Time is lived under the cross. Eternity in the resurrection.
Claiming that you haven’t done that much bad is just a way of saying, I’m not really a sinner. Grace begins at repentance.