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16 September 2012

Sermon: Proper 19B (OT)

16 September AD 2012 (Pentecost 16)

Theme: No Disgrace (MP3 Audio)

Disgraced
Summary: Hebrews 2:11 reminds believers that Jesus “is not ashamed to call them brothers.” There is absolutely no disgrace in being a Christian — although the world certainly tries to convince us otherwise. It’s when we succumb to peer pressure or the desire to fit in with those around us and not to stand out that we bring disgrace upon ourselves.

Being right in a world gone wrong is far more difficult than most imagine. Only when we realize that unless we’re absolutely right with God we are totally unrighteous before Him do we realize the enormity of the task. Well before facing martyrdom, all too many Christians sell out or compromise their faith because they cannot stand the cost of acting as righteous and the Lord has made them.

Jesus took what the world thinks shameful — absolute dependence upon and obedience to the Father — and carried it as a badge of honor. He refused to let others dictate His behavior or to shame or terrorize Him into acting contrary to God’s will. He bore the disgrace of a condemned felon and accepted the shameful sentence of crucifixion not to mitigate His own guilt but to pay for ours.

The Accuser (Satan) tells you, “You’ve not stayed on the straight and narrow. You’ve listened to the deceits I’ve whispered in your ears. You’ve feared the judgment of your friends and dreaded the world’s treatment of Christians. You’ve disgraced yourself, your Church, and your God. Despair and die.”

You respond, “Away, Devil! Certainly my life and my deeds are nothing if not disgraceful but Jesus bore the shame for me. I trust that ‘I have not been disgraced’ because I know that my Redeemer died to free me from sin and its guilt. I’m certain that I sparkle in God’s eyes because I wear Christ’s righteousness that is my gift in Baptism. I will not be disgraced because Jesus will not abandon me!”

Text: The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

Isaiah 50:6
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.

But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. Isaiah 50:4-10

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of No Disgrace, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 9:14-29

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