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18 October 2015

Feast of St. Luke Sermon: Wholly Healed

Preached on Isaiah 35:5-8
The Festival of Saint Luke
18 October AD 2015

Title: Wholly Healed (MP3 Audio)

Isaiah 35:5-6 Summary: People often attempt to spiritualize the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the message of the Gospel. They ignore, downplay, or deny the good of the original physical Creation and God’s efforts to restore and remake it through His Son.

Luke, as a physician, made special effort to show both Jesus and His followers ministering to the fullness of human needs. Of course, reconciliation with God through the forgiveness of sins takes precedence. But Christ and His Church also care for body and mind.

The miracles of healing prophesied by Isaiah and performed by our Lord and those He sent out are the first signs of the complete restoration that awaits believers in the Resurrection. All that sin damages and corrupts will be made new and we will be made whole in body, mind, and spirit and kept thus through life everlasting.

Text: Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. Isaiah 35:5-8

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 the sermon for the Feast of Saint Luke Wholly Healed

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 147:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:5-18; Luke 10:1-9

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