Think of little Jessie who loved to make mud pies. She called them warm chocolate. The problem was the mess that gran had to clean up following her time in the kitchen. Gran knowing what mess was there asked Jessie not to make any more warm chocolate. But the little girl just could not resist, even though she knew that gran had asked her not to and she also knew gran would punish her if she made more warm chocolate. So Jessie said “Gran, don’t look at me” three times before gran acted.
We may know of people like Jessie who enjoy doing what is wrong,
This morning we are having a look at book of Ephesians,
The section of Ephesians before this passage, chapters 1-3… those chapters are mostly focused on theology.
But now the focus shifts.
Good morning to everyone… As many of you know, Im from Syndey, but Im coming to you from Kingaroy. I have found myself stuck up here in Queensland. Obviously it's been a pretty crazy year for everyone, and with all these travel restrictions… Kingaroy has become my new home for the time being…
But that point about being stuck up here… we have had all these changes going on in the world and in our society at the moment… all our lives have been affected by this pandemic… and that actually connects with what I want to talk to you about now.
One of the really exciting things that has been happening since the COVID-19 lockdown was brought into being is that life as we know it has changed rather dramatically. People are staying home because they must and then they are stuck with the challenge of finding things to do while locked down. Many homes and gardens have never looked so good all because of the virus.
But there is another side to the lockdown in that we are spending more time watching the old television. Then what we do find is that our recollections are correct in that there is nothing worthwhile watching on the box. The movies get repeated and there is no live sport if you are into that type of entertainment.
There is so much not holding your attention that even the ads are often better than the programs they are on with. Now let me also explain that I do not go looking some theological theme in every ad although I suspect that if any of us did we would always get the frequent answer that there is another example of sin feeding sin in our world.
Jesus speaks very clearly and plainly. He is like a doctor or a surgeon who must at times speak very openly and plainly to a sick person, telling the diagnosis, in order that hopefully they can lead them to the cure. He begins to uncover and reveal the rot within us, in order to draw us to the truth. We cannot know the cure unless we know the disease to begin with.
The issue today is hypocrisy – and the worst kind of hypocrisy – a religious kind that speaks in the name of God.
• Hypocrisy is giving the false appearance of goodness.
• It is an actor who is not the true character, they are just playing the part and it is timeless - it is as alive and well today, as it was in the time of Christ Jesus.
• It is spiritual death.
We have walked with the Lord Jesus on the road in Jerusalem. On this journey our Lord has;
Taught His disciples the cost of following Him: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
He has sent out the 72 with power.
He has gently spoken to Martha who was anxious and frustrated with her sister.
He has taught His disciples to pray and taught them about true blessedness: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
Today we take the next step on this journey to Jerusalem with our Lord.
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