What to make of this extraordinary bartering with God for the fate of Sodom? This is the source for the Hasidic idea that there are 36 righteous people (tzadikim) in the world preventing its destruction. What is our role from a Christian perspective?
I am the resurrection and the life , Jesus says. He is the one who leads us into eternal life—but that is much more than mere “pie in the sky when you die”: resurrection life is anticipated today, and in the Lord’s Supper he has in fact given us some powerful reminders of that.
When faith faces the facts of life we can all get cynical, so maybe we shouldn’t blame Sarah for laughing at the idea she’d get pregnant. The three figures of Mamre have, of course, often been interpreted as the
Trinity. Whatever the case may be, Sarah and Abraham encounter God here.
It’s Enrolment Parade today, but we’re continuing also through Jesus’ I Am sayings in the gospel of John. This morning, I Am the Light of the World. In what way do we walk in darkness? In what way does Jesus bring light?
The covenant of circumcision which God established with Abraham runs throughout the entire remainder of the Hebrew
scriptures and into the New Covenant in Jesus’ blood. But there are more links; did you ever notice how closely Jesus’ annunciation parallels that of Isaac?
I am the bread of life , Jesus says. We see people look for Jesus for the wrong reasons, try to earn their salvation, and miss all the signs—we do the same—but the good news is that we are here this morning, salvation is God’s gift, and the Lord put a sign right in front of us.
It’s harvest. We thank God for the blessing of his provision and give some of our bounty away. But tonight I want to have a look at God’s harvest...in our hearts. Do we let God work in our hearts so that he can make us fruitful in the harvest field? Or do we hold on to our hearts of stone because we are scared of change, scared to get hurt?