Now I am working on the opening illustration. To do this I must identify my direction in the sermon and my goal, and my language to express the point. The illustration should be in the same language and format as the way that the point is expressed.
Here are my four [I know, breaking the 3 point rule!] points:
- Jesus is supreme over the Law; he is the highest Law, a living Law.
- Jesus is supreme over the Prophets; he is the highest prophet.
- Jesus is supreme over the Kingship; he is the King of Kings.
- Jesus is supreme over death; he is the resurrection, conquering death.
Jesus is the supreme point; he doesn’t get rid of the former things, he fulfills them! He doesn’t throw out the law the prophets and the kingship; he overshadows them and outshines them by being the highest and the best. And he doesn’t merely despise death and act unafraid, but he took it on himself, and with death upon him, he dragged it down under the ocean and put death to death, so that with the authority to take up his own life again, he could be raised to a world where death could not threaten God’s people.
We become focused on the keeping of rules, instead of loving the man who gives us the rules [and don't forget that he gives the law to his loved and forgiven people so that they can ENJOY him more].
We sometimes get focused on eternal life, instead of focusing on the fact that our eternal life is WITH JESUS.
We get focused on the forgiveness of sins, instead of on the freedom to be WITH JESUS that COMES FROM the forgiveness of sins.
So now to the opening illustration. It needs to focus on the above structure and language.
Options good or bad:
- Addition and subtraction are lower orders to multiplication and division – when we learn the skills of multiplication and division, we don’t get rid of addition and subtraction; in fact, without addition and subraction, we wouldn’t have the foundation to understand multiplication and division. The former things are a foundation, but the later things are the goal. But there are things you learn in early math that just aren’t true, and later math has to throw them out. You can’t subtract a big number from a small number…later we find that you can. You can’t divide by zero. Later they tell you that you can. The former things you learned were limitations, but the later things are liberation from those limits.
Actually – I think I am going to stop with that, and head on to the sermon outline on paper.
Thanks for coming along for the process.
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If you are interested in a Bible-believing church that worships in the Anglican way, and you live in the Baltimore / Annapolis area, you might consider Emmaus Anglican Church (Catonsville). Click here for the church website.