Sermon - Why Has Jesus Come?: To show us how to live....Repentance

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 10:30am

Service - Why has Jesus come?: To show us how to live...Repentance

With Advent we celebrated the coming of Jesus, and with Christmas we celebrated the arrival of Jesus, and now we will transition into the contemplation of why Jesus has come.

In our scripture this morning we see Jesus reuniting with John the Baptist.  They are cousins and about 6 months apart.  In their first dramatic meeting, both their mothers are still pregnant, but when Mary arrives to visit Elizabeth, John leaps in her womb at the recognition of Jesus.  This dramatic meeting is repeated when Jesus comes to John at the river.

To start His ministry, Jesus participates in the sacrament of baptism.  Baptism as expressed by John, is the outward expression of repentance, and the acknowledgement that one's sins are forgiven after confession.  Jesus participated in the sacrament and his participation can serve as an example to encourage us to do two things.

A) To live out our baptismal vows personally with God.  To live a life that is marked by acknowledging when we have done wrong in God's sight, confessing that wrong, soaking in that ever-flowing stream of forgiveness, and seeking not to repeat the offence again.  Our prayer of confession template - brings the sin, confesses the sin, and leaves the sin and walks away from it.  When you believe that you have not sinned.  Remember to ask yourself  - Have I loved others they way that I want to be loved?  and Have I done to others what i would have done to me?

B) To live out our baptismal vows personally with others.  We are challenged to live a life that is marked by admission and acknowledgement when we wrong others.  To confess our sins to others - an apology.

Roy Lewiki - concludes that an apology has six elements.

1 An expression of regret - I'm sorry

2 Explanation of what went wrong

3 Acknowledge responsibility

4 Declaration of repentance

5 Offer to repair the wrong

6 Request for forgiveness.

In order to experience the acceptance that comes with - This is my child with whom I am well pleased.  we need to live out our baptismal vows.

1 Peter 4: 10-11  Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gifts which each of you have received.  Who ever speaks, must do so as one speaking the very words of God.  Whoever serves, must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ.  To Him belong the glory and power, forever and ever, Amen.