A sermon on the authority of Jesus, based on Colossians 2: 6-15

Introduction

A friend once said to us ‘Stick to me like glue’ = (I will guide you and look after you).  Today’s gospel reading is Luke 11: 1-13 (the Lord’s Prayer), such a well-known passage, but let’s look at what Paul says.

Colossians 2: 6-15

We received Christ Jesus the Lord, so let’s stay on track! Put down deep roots and draw on Christ in everything we do. See that our faith grow, just as we were taught – and be thankful!

There are plenty of exotic-sounding spiritualities on offer, claiming to offer harmony with the psychic forces or spirit-powers. They contain enough truth to be persuasive, but they skirt around the truth of Christ: in Him, God is fully present as a human being, and accessible to us.

It’s also in Christ that we were marked out as people who belong to God, by baptism. Before that, we were as good as dead, because our actions and hearts made it clear that we did not belong to God, but God set about making us fully alive again, together with Christ. God forgave all that we had done wrong, and cancelled out all record of our offences and the punishments pending…[1]

Message for Today

Don’t let anyone entangle you with highfalutin theories and intellectual claptrap:

  • Atheist lies: science ‘versus’ religion;
  • Marxists/communists offering their false religion;
  • Secularists grasping for power; and even
  • Academics selling their theories and wacky theologies!

Conclusion

Dying and rising, Christ publicly exposed as a sham the various ‘authorities’ who claim to control the destiny of the cosmos. Christ’s resurrection triumph made a mockery of them.

In Luke, Jesus taught his disciples how to pray; he focussed on what they need to know: the essentials.  Today, we pray what Jesus himself taught us!

Do we need much more than that?


[1] This section is based on a paraphrase of Colossians 2: 6-15, ©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net

Published by Simon Di Nucci

I am a follower of #Jesus and a Christian preacher; currently, I am a volunteer at the War Veterans' aged care home in Adelaide, Australia. I served in the UK's Royal Air Force for 20 years, and now I am a consultant engineer. Twitter: @PreacherVeteran For more information about me, see my LinkedIn profile. To read my speculative fiction go to: http://writing-the-message.com/

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