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18 May 2014

Sermon: Easter 5A (Gospel)

Fifth Sunday of Easter
18 May AD 2014

Title: Trouble Free (MP3 Audio)

Let not your hearts be troubled Summary: A trouble free life? How about a trouble free hour or two? How about even fifteen minutes of peace and quiet, of calm and contentment? Tossed and turned as we are by sin, death, and devil, agitated by circumstances and irritated by others, Jesus’ words fall on eager ears but pass into skeptic minds and hearts.

If we aren’t facing the aches and pains of the body, we confront the disquiet of the mind — and worry that what minds we have will soon and steadily slip away. When the body is holding up and the mind still sharp and active, we still face emotional disquiet, either because of the way we are made or because of unsettling situations.

All troubles — physical, mental, and emotional — stem from one spiritual root: We are conceived and born as sinners and we spend too much of our lives in active sin or passive avoidance of doing what is right and good. All other troubles come because our lives are troubled by sin.

Yet Jesus not only commands us to abandon feeling troubled, He also did something about it. He took our troubles upon Himself. Truly, He bore all of our afflictions of body and mind, of heart and spirit in His own being. He knew pain that we might have pleasure. He knew disquiet that we might have relief. He knew cross and grave that we might know pardon and peace.

Therefore, even if troubles overtake us, we are not troubled. Our Savior has carried our loads and borne the weight of our sins. He who was lifted up on the tree comes to us in Word and Sacrament, lifting us up before His Father and promising eternal, blissful life to all who believe.

The Father's House Text: [Jesus said,] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

“The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:1-14

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 Trouble Free.

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 146; Acts 6:1-9, 7:2a, 51-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10

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