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We look at Isaiah 52 and 53 and consider how the "Servant of God" brings healing to us through His humiliation, suffering and exaltation.
The man born blind was given his sight - The Man who gave his his sight was declared a sinner.
Jesus told His disciples, “There are only 12 hours in the day” There is work to be done and there is not an infinite amount of time to accomplish that work. But with God, tragedy turns to glory. It will with Lazarus, it will with Jesus and it will with us.
Introduction. In this season of Lent we are exploring the so call seven deadly sins. But to avoid the implication that other sins aren’t deadly we are calling them the seven serious sins. Sloth, what it is and isn’t. How did this sin make the big seven? What’s wrong with a nice nap, or sitting on a beach with a cool drink or looking forward to a day off or a round of golf to relieve the stress of work? All work and no play makes for a dull existence. Of the seven serious sins, this may be the most misunderstood. What it isn’t. Being still in a noisy and chaotic world is not sloth. We need to withdraw and take time to rest and reflect. It’s Biblical to be still and know He is God. Jesus withdrew from busyness. Sabbath is not sloth, it’s also Biblical. God commands us to rest from our work. Sleep is not necessarily sloth. God created us needing to sleep. It’s one of His ways of humbling us and reminding us how dependent we are. It’s necessary so our work can be fruitful. Recreation or play is not sloth. There is a time to play, to laugh, to enjoy God’s good gifts and pleasures in life. Goofing off now and then is not the same as laziness. Retirement is not necessarily sloth. There is a season when our main vocation may be done, and we enter a different season. We can still be useful and productive and glorify God. What it is. Sloth has many faces and goes by many names. Sloth is apathy, indifference, lack of interest, lack of enthusiasm, lack of concern. If sloth had been the original sin, we might all still be in paradise. Our modern mantra for years has been “whatever.” Whatever, don’t care, not my monkeys, not my circus. Now the new whatever is “meh.” Sloth is procrastination. This is the Round Tuit sin, I’ll get around to it. This is the half-way sin, where we give up early, just quite, don’t care anymore. Our half-hearted efforts end with the first sign of difficulty or resistance. Sloth has been called the noon time devil, the early afternoon sin. We have talked about how one sin leads to another which leads to another. King David’s first sin may have been sloth, not doing what he should have been doing. “In the spring of the year, when kings go off to war, David stayed at his palace, and late one lazy afternoon he got off his couch. Sloth led to lust, lust led to anger, anger led to murder, murder led to pride, and pride led to his fall. Desire leads to sin and sin leads to death. Sloth is a dangerous sin.
Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well and tells her she can have "Living Water." What is this "living water?" Is it something we should want? Jesus says it will become in us a "spring of water gushing up to eternal life." That sounds good! But it still doesn't explain exactly what it is. This sermon looks into what Jesus was talking about with this Living Water.
Often followers of Christ try to go through life bearing their burdens alone. When we look at the life of Jesus we see clearly that we are called to humble ourselves and bear each others burdens in this community called the Church.