07012018 6 Aft Pent 5 Aft Trinity Sunday Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

“Jesus wants us to seek Him!!”

07012018 6 Aft Pent 5 Aft Trinity Sunday Emmanuel Lutheran Export PA

July 1. 2018

“Jesus wants us to seek Him!!”

Sermon Audio

With our faith to believe that we should have no fear, because of Jesus, the logical question arises for we who gather here this week.  What then should our reaction or our daily life be? In hearing the Gospel this morning, we have heard two experiences. The first was of Jarius, whose daughter was dying.  The second was a woman who had suffered physically many years and no one could heal her. In both cases, the answer that should be clear to them as well to and for us today is that “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”

Jesus Christ Who walked everywhere He travelled wants the people of His day to seek Him.  Whether in Jerusalem on the Jordan River, in the desert and even on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus wants all people to come to Him.  It is not the same as our cultures self seeking and ‘I’m the center of the universe’ or the ‘me first’ generation. Jesus wants the people of His day to seek Him first, because only He can give the Water that will give eternal life.  Whether the woman at the well who had sinned more times than fingers on her hand, Jesus freely offered her the gift of eternal life that would not perish. Jesus looked into her soul and gave her the greatest gift of eternal life. We who gather here this morning like the woman at the well, Jarius daughter and the woman who could not be healed by any earthly physician are called to seek the one Who can heal us.  “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”

For when we seek Jesus we join with our Fathers and Mothers and our relatives that worshiped in churches whether here in Export or around the globe and connect with them in the great mystery of faith when we look and seek our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We seek the Savior of the World Who offers us the grace and mercy from the Cross of Calvary that only He can offer. We seek Jesus Christ Who willingly came and not only encourages us, but desires for us to receive the gift of grace only He can give. “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”

There are some who want to pull us away from God.  They want us to worship the idols of this world like money, fame, what I want, in essence the ‘self absorbed nation’ and seek and desire to move us off center and away from the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is their desire that clearly has only one purpose in mind, to remove God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit from our collective vocabulary and our conversation and replace it with money, riches and wisdom of this age. When we look with the wisdom of this age and look with the vision only for what we gain, we will be lost and no longer able to find the truth.  However these things will pass away. This is why “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”

What we forget is that truth will set us free.  A truth found in what will give us the key to eternal life and not bind us, but set us free from the wisdom of this world and keep our eyes focused intently and solely on the truth found in the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that even Jarius and the woman understand.  “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”

This morning from the Old Testament we heard from Lamentations, one of the excerpts from the poems that laments the fall of and destruction of Jerusalem.  Nearly 600 years before Jesus would be born, the prophet Jeremiah clearly put into words the lament of what had occurred. Jeremiah makes a valid and on target point with this poem.  Our current earthly culture cannot and will not understand what Jeremiah is speaking about, but as Christians we should. Simply stated Jeremiah has faith, trust and hope in Who is to come.  He cannot see Him, but trusts God to fulfill His promise. Jeremiah says, “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.””.  Jeremiah looked to the coming Messiah as the one Who would not only rectify the situation, but clearly heal that which his world had as a problem.  Jeremiah understood the need of his generation and looked to and for the Savior of the World and the One and only King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is why we need to understand like Jeremiah and believe “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”

We who gather here this morning have this promise and purpose as well.  As brothers and sisters gathered around the Word of God, fed as we weekly are by the Blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  Jeremiah’s hope was fulfilled for him and for us in our Savior, Jesus Christ. For when Jesus Christ came into the world Jesus coming was to set us free and give us the vision and belief that we are freed from sin and enables us to look to and seek our Savior, Jesus Christ.  This is why when we look with the eternal eyes of God, we see the freedom He freely offers us. Freedom from sickness, freedom from doubt, freedom from all that binds us and separates us from God. In this way we not only remember why we come to church, but especially in faith we can help others to hear and heed the call of God where we can believe, “Jesus wants us to seek Him!”  AMEN.