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09.02.2018

 

 

SERMON SUMMARY: 

“Again the high priest asked [Jesus], “Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed?” When it comes to Jesus, the big question is: who is this man? What kind of authority does he claim and what should we make of it? Come this Sunday as we look at Jesus’ own answer to to this all important question.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

― Albert Camus, The Fall

 

The truth is incontrovertible.  Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

—Winston Churchill

 

What is truth? —Pontius Pilate

 

You can’t handle the truth!

—Col. Jessup, A Few Good Men

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Daniel 7:9-10; 13b-14

9 “As I looked,
thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.
13b “… and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.”

 

Mark 14:53-65

53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”[b] 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN:

King Jesus, you are a good and just King,

But we have rebelled against your lead.

We have initiated a coup against your reign.

We have committed treason against your kingdom.

Lord, have mercy.

We have traded your perfect and just law 

for our own desires. 

We have rejected your authority 

In order to be our own kings; 

we have built our kingdoms instead of yours. 

Lord, have mercy.

We abuse our authority.

We treat our neighbors as rival kings 

and compete to conquer them.

Lord, have mercy.

Yet while we were still your enemies, 

you subdued us and made us your children.

Make us now willing and ready to follow you.

Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

 

 

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