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And there was . . .

. 5 min read

2013/10/06 Christ
, Communion

Children, Genesis 1
Message, Luke 8.22-26

Intro: Sleeping through the twister

            I sleep
like Jesus!

Appeal of this story:

Jesus, who may just want to get back to sleep asap

            Story as

storms of our lives

Detail in the text

there was … a calm”

of Genesis 1

there was … light”

there was … evening; and there was … morning”

Jesus with Creation, as the Creator

Jesus’ word as Word of God that commands, calls …


thinking for our words

kids clean their room

you kids who are in a hurry to become adults…)

and Democrats work together

selves: it will never happen again

Isaiah 55:10-11: For as the rain and the snow come down from
heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it
bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  11 so shall my word be that goes
out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish
that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

The Word of God (Scripture) has power to transform us in
ways that our own powers cannot.


Master, we are perishing!” (8.24, Ha!)

the disciples, this was an emergency. 

Jesus, it was a good time for a nap.           


the pinnacle?

it was the 7th day that was blessed: rest the pinnacle

is a fruit of trust … cannot rest when worried, sleep – anxious

            from night
terrors to spilt milk, teaching children re emergency

teaching: “where is your faith?”  Rest a
fruit of TRUST.


            Jesus the
Creator enters his Creation

speaks, “and there was …”

            There is
Creation work yet to do – Re-Creation, ReNewal of all things

has touched what is created “good”

John 3.16: God so loved the world.

Romans 8.21-23: Creation itself will be set free from its
bondage to decay (the Law of Entropy) and will obtain the freedom of the glory
of the children of God.  We know that the
whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the
creation, but we ourselves … groan inwardly.

Isaiah 55.12-13 (following the power and promise of the

For you shall go out in joy,
            and be led
back in peace;

the mountains and the hills before you
            shall burst
into song,

            and all the
trees of the field

            shall clap
their hands.

Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
            instead of
the brier shall come up the myrtle;

and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial,
            for an
everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

The path to renewal

            The Creator
enters the Creation and becomes “subject to decay”

            For all of

who reject his Word and break our

who worry rather than trust, and
protect ourselves by breaking faith with one another

who have become disconnected from
and ignorant of the fingerprints of God in the Creation, and break the covenant
of Creation, the call to care for all God has made

For all of us, Jesus becomes “subject to decay” and gives
himself to be broken so that we can be made whole.


Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Gospel According to Luke I-IX,
Anchor Bible 28, Yale, 1970.