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23 November 2014

Sermon: Proper 29A (OT)

23 November AD 2014
The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Theme: Our Shepherd, Our Judge

The Good Shepherd Summary: All too often, the shepherds whom God called to lead His people as He desired instead led them astray or sat idly by while the Church, His flock, wandered off on its own. His only recourse was to enter His Creation and become the Shepherd Himself.

Jesus came as the Good Shepherd and called the scattered flock to Himself. Likewise, He is the God who will judge, as He taught in today’s Gospel. He is also the new David who serves as the eternal King. Israel’s remnant acknowledged this as they called out their hosannas to the Son of David on Palm Sunday.

Jesus the Judge Text: “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land.

“And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel.

“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice....

“Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep.

“And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.” Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

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 Our Shepherd, Our Judge.

Other Readings: Psalm 95:1-7a; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46

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