Today’s word is kinda neat/interesting: “Shout!” In Matthew, Jesus shouted at the storm to be quiet, and the demon-possessed men shouted about Jesus. In Joshua, the Israelites walked around the walls of Jericho for seven days before their great shout, and in Jeremiah’s chapter for today, God says a couple of times “Shout for joy!”
And that is exactly what we’re doing here this morning–shouting for joy!! Because this is the first morning in six. weeks. that Sam has woken up with NO stomach issues!! WOOOHOOO!! So for yesterday’s word, you could say that this is the “fruit” of all the hard work of looking up things on the internet, trying to come with a menu that doesn’t have all the 24 foods he’s intolerant to, following the lo-FODMAP plan, etc.
With all of this, you may have noticed that I haven’t had time to make some sermon notes. Even though it was a few days ago now, I do need to put down some brief notes (such good stuff!)
We’re beginning a series on Hebrews, which addresses two concerns: 1) hemorrhaging faith away from Jesus (today seen especially in our younger people), and 2) the absence of disciple-makers (another concern valid today, when people are brought to Christ, but then are not discipled). God’s solution is to expand our vision of Jesus–Hebrews 1:1-4. God has spoken his final Word, a flesh-and-blood word: Jesus on the Cross. The Cross is what even Christians can get away from sometimes–not wanting to dwell on that shame. But that’s how you know the Holy Spirit is working, when the Cross is celebrated.
And here’s something I hadn’t noticed before. When it says that Jesus “sat down at the right hand…” in heaven, it means that he sat down because “It is Finished”; the Old Testament priests had to always stand, because their work was never finished!
“Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-7)