Clarke County Democrat

Pastor’s Sermon

Followers of Jesus are to serve

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SCRIPTURE READING:

Jeremiah 18:18-20

Matthew 20: 17-28

Truth has both admirers and adversaries. A person who desires to be praised and to be in the good books of others will have difficulty being truthful at all times because truth brings to light that which is in the dark, and not everyone in the dark enjoys the rays of light being thrown at them.

Corruption was on the increase in Judah. The priests and prophets whose duty it was to denounce this evil and lead the people to the right path had closed their eyes to the situation. Some even condoned and connived with the perpetrators of wrongdoing. The ‘prophets’ uttered lies and spoke of prosperity even in the face of a looming disaster (cf. Jer. 14:11-16).

Jeremiah chose to stand up for the truth. He became a thorn in the flesh of those who preferred darkness to light. The consequence of his choice was an arrest, imprisonment and public ridicule. They argued, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah— for instruction shall not perish from the priest, or counsel from the wise, or the word from the prophet. Come, let us bring charges against him, and let us not heed any of his words” ( Jer. 18:18).

Jesus, who is the Truth, spoke the truth to his generation. Those who hated the truth plotted against him. In our Gospel text, he tells the twelve disciples, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death” (Mat 20:18).

As followers of Jesus, our mission is to serve the world with truth even if it means persecution. Like the sun, truth will always prevail even if momentarily the dark clouds seek to hide it.

PRAYER: Lord God, in you I place my trust. Deliver me from the plots of my adversaries and keep me in your truth; for the sake of the name of Christ I pray. Amen.

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