Hebrews 13:17 is quite hard for some preachers to preach on. And even more so hard for the congregation to follow. The reason is that there are abusive leaders and that we don’t want to have someone in authority over us. We live in democracy. We are concerned primarily with our freedom and our profit. Here I will present first a balance view of church leadership and how the congregation should respond to the call for obedience and submission, and second, the motivation behind this, namely Joy.
Topic : Bible Interpretation and Preaching
Theme : The Christian’s responsibility of learning the Scripture and Christ-centered biblical interpretation
Scripture Reading : Luke 24:13-35
Main Text : Luke 24:25-27
Let me begin with a quote, with a bit of my own modification in it:
“A key that can open many locks is called a master key, but a lock that can be opened by many keys is a worthless(my modification) lock.”
Now, the word of God is definitely not locked or a hiding but it is open and a revelation. However it’s interpretation is not an open season. It can’t be understood how ever we wanted to. Every text must be interpreted with Christ as the interpretive key in mind. Our Lord Jesus is the master key that opens all locks so to speak. That’s our aim today. Let’s have Christ demonstrate for us how to understand all of the scriptures in light of his redeeming work. Christ is like a lens we put on to read and a failure to do so would distort our understanding of the Bible. Read More
As we approach the celebration of Christmas, the birth of our saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, I think it is only fitting to discuss something about him. In the synoptic gospels we will find generally what is the human portrait of the Christ. That is not to say that they are silent about Christ’s deity. But compared to John’s gospel account, they only present to us vignettes of truths about Christ’s divine nature. Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy tracing Christ’s kingly line. Mark didn’t bother to trace his lineage, instead he starts with Christ’s service, his ministry. Luke does account for us Christ’s genealogy, a human ancestry, pointing to the fact that he is the seed of the woman in Genesis 3, but Luke didn’t begin there. He starts with the birth of a man, John the baptist. But the closest to Jesus, apostle John starts with the very beginning. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
In a gospel that more specifically deals with the deity of Christ, you wouldn’t expect to have an introduction about a mere man right in the middle while introducing Jesus Christ as the Light. Verses 6-8 is very odd for me. First because it seems abrupt. Second because it’s hard to relate with the rest of the passage. What’s the point of bringing up John the baptist? At first glance it seems anticlimactic. So how does it relate to the preceding and following verses?
1.The contrast between a man and God – verses 6-8 is not a useless interruption. John is describing for us the Light by telling us who John the baptist is not. He is not the Light. Hence by implication, everything that was said about him, a mere man, is not the Light.
2.Our calling as a witnesses to the Light
-God uses means that would testify about the Light
-We are the means by which God would grant faith to others