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06 July 2014

Sermon: Proper 9A (Gospel)

6 July AD 2014
Pentecost 4

Title: Resting in Peace (MP3 Audio)

Matthew 11:25-30 Summary: Even if they don’t realize it, all who live on earth are pressed and stressed by more than gravity and their own body weight. Sin, death, and devil, physical, emotional pain, and spiritual pain, fear, loneliness, doubt, and dread all conspire to weigh us down and wear us out.

So what does Christ do? He offers to exchange our burden — the load He already carried to the cross — for the load that sits upon each of us poor, sinful creatures. His burden isn’t intended to crush but to guide, guard, heal, and restore. His burden is the unbelievable weight of forgiveness in His glorious name — majestically heavy beyond earthly measure yet light and uplifting when worn by believers.

When we wear Jesus’ yoke, devil, world, and sinful flesh find no place to hang their own yokes and burdens. There is no way we can be worn down and used up when Christ is uplifting and sustaining us through Word and Sacrament.

Text: At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30

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 Resting in Peace.

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 145:1-14; Zechariah 9:9-12; Romans 7:14-25a

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