Charting a Course #4: The Ultimate Delegator Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-9; John 16:5-15

@Copyrighted by Troy Sybrant, Sermon: Charting a Course #4: The Ultimate Delegator Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-9; John 16:5-15 Sunday March 1, 2015

Charting a Course #4: The Ultimate Delegator

Lenten Candle Extinguishing

It was through flood waters that evil was extinguished, and through Noah and an ark that life was preserved. After the waters receded new life began with the promise of a rainbow.

Through the waters of the Red Sea pharaoh’s army was destroyed, and through Moses and God’s might that the children of Israel were delivered.

After the waters receded new life began with the promise of the Ten Commandments.

It was in the waters of the Jordan that Jesus was baptized, and emerging from the waters his ministry began with the promise of life for all. In striding ashore, he takes another step toward the cross.

Let us pray. Holy God, today we consider the waters of our birth that brought us into this world.

We remember that we must be born of water and the Spirit if we are to have life within us, and that by passing through the waters of baptism you promise to lead us to new life.

It is through those waters that we are washed clean of sin, it is through the fire of the Spirit that we are purified of all iniquities, it is through the grace of God that we are delivered ashore to follow Jesus.

Though we each have gone astray and would extinguish the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd lays down his life for us. Thank you for loving us so much, O God. Amen.

Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-9; John 16:5-15

Matthew 28:16-20

 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

           Acts 1:6-9

 6So when the disciples had come together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon

you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

 John 16:5-15

 5But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.

7Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

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