Sermon of January 14, 2018 — “Independence Day”

John 8:31-41

 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you

Yaba Street 1982 detail
Yaba Street 1982 (Detail), Nigeria.   Allen Denney, Photographer.  Creative Commons License.

are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. 38 I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”

39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, 40 but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are indeed doing what your father does.” They said to him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.” 

Featured image is Moses and the 10 Commandments from the window of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, UK.  Used by permission of a Creative Commons License from Lawrence OP’s Flickr.  

Advertisements

One Comment

  1. CHARLES KAGENDA says:

    Thanks be to the Lord, for the steadfast engagement of ERUCC,in the word of God. May all members of “Hills Church”Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus Blessings and peace to you Pastor Joseph.

    Charles A Kagenda Retired Pastor Emmanuel Reformed UCC(2003-2004)

    On 1/18/18, Emmanuel Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ

Comments are closed.