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And there was . . .

. 5 min read

2013/10/06 Christ
Church
, Communion

Children, Genesis 1
Message, Luke 8.22-26

Intro: Sleeping through the twister

            I sleep
like Jesus!

Appeal of this story:

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

            Story as
metaphor

                        the
storms of our lives

            Echo:
Detail in the text

                        “And
there was … a calm”

                        Echo
of Genesis 1

                                    “And
there was … light”

                                    “And
there was … evening; and there was … morning”

                        Identifies
Jesus with Creation, as the Creator

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

Word

            wishful
thinking for our words

                        the
kids clean their room

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

                        Republicans
and Democrats work together

                        our
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.

Worry

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

                        For
the disciples, this was an emergency. 

                        For
Jesus, it was a good time for a nap.           

            Creation
cycle

                        humans
the pinnacle?

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

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

            from night
terrors to spilt milk, teaching children re emergency

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

World

            Jesus the
Creator enters his Creation

            Jesus
speaks, “and there was …”

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

            Corruption
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
Word):

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
us

who reject his Word and break our
word

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.

Resources:

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