Sermons

[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

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No one in all creation was found who could open the seals. The singing stops as John weeps loudly, seeing that Creation is separated from its Creator. No one is worthy to bridge that gap. And it appears that the will of God toward creation will never be known, that it will remain a mystery forever.

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From the beginning, the wisdom of God has been known: “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Even in Paradise. One is the loneliest number…and powerful fears, mingled with distorting thoughts can come creeping into a person’s heart and mind when he or she is truly alone!

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Beyond the images of death, and destruction, beasts and dragons, of people falling away, and battles in heaven, it is first and foremost the apocalypse, the revelation, the fully making known, of Jesus Christ. Christ who received this vision from God the Father and made it known to His servant John. Christ who shows this revelation to John, but also serves as its subject. And His triumph, his victory over sin, death, and the powers of hell, and his reign at the right hand of the Father stand as the central themes of the book.

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It is as though we…we people of faith…have forgotten—or we have woefully underestimated—the word of the angel Gabriel to Mary. In the beginning of that creation that surely boggles both science and faith, when the Spirit of God hovered over the scene and God became His own image and likeness in the conception of Jesus, the angel said to Mary, “For nothing shall be impossible for God.” And with the Incarnation, God in human flesh, “by whom all things were made, without whom nothing was made that has been made,” with Jesus we Christians have the best invitation of all to think God’s thoughts after Him, to ponder His creation.

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