Jesus Doesn’t Preach Sectarian Sermons

GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday

garyguarujaThe line Jesus drew on the cross and in the sand was allegiance to God’s heart as opposed to the rules of religion.

Jesus principal confrontations were with those who reached wrong conclusions about the heart of God.

They set trap after trap to show to Jesus his wrong way of thinking.

They weren’t about to be influenced by God’s own son who came to restore and unite all of the earth into the perfect will of God.

The way to God was their way.

Jesus’ proclaim unity from his temple court lectern, from his seaside pulpit, and from sermons on a mountainside stage.

sectarian8With his God guided mission of sacrifice upon a cross, his death, burial, and resurrection, the unity of all creation through Jesus was imminent.

The rules from sectarian sermons stand in contrast to the freedom proclaimed by Jesus.

Jesus’ freedom was simple to define and impossible to do.

No more rules would be necessary—only two guidelines.  First, to love God with total heart, soul, and mind, then to be that love within every relationship.

sectarian5I get the concept. However, it is a standard beyond my reach.

I listen to Jesus preach from his Galilean pulpits that he is the way, the truth, and the life.

I hear him say that by my life lived under his cross-grace he fills my inadequacy before God.

What is impossible for me is now possible when Jesus participates in my life. More accurately, it is now possible to reach God’s standard when I participate in Jesus’ life.

Right relationship with the heart of God is right religion.

In the cross and in the resurrection Jesus unites. My role is to trust and to follow.

If each of us who long to be obedient to God could only grasp the gift offered in Jesus’ sermons then sectarian pulpits would be out of business don’t you think?

It’s Jesus.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Sectarian Sermons.

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