Apr 2, 2015

Loving the Sinner: A Meditation for Holy Week 2015

My April 1st sermon, no joking, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, went well. 

The sermon was about meditation for Holy Week, based on John 13:21 - 30.

John 13:21-30 Common English Bible (CEB)

 Announcement of the betrayal
21 After he said these things, Jesus was deeply disturbed and testified, “I assure you, one of you will betray me.”
22 His disciples looked at each other, confused about which of them he was talking about. 23 One of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was at Jesus’ side. 24 Simon Peter nodded at him to get him to ask Jesus who he was talking about. 25 Leaning back toward Jesus, this disciple asked, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It’s the one to whom I will give this piece of bread once I have dipped into the bowl.” Then he dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son. 27 After Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 No one sitting at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Some thought that, since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus told him, “Go, buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So when Judas took the bread, he left immediately. And it was night.
  Common English Bible (CEB) © 2011 by Common English Bible

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Here is a recording I made for those who want it. It's narrated over my speaking notes. Video also appears below.