Gen 2:18-24; Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10;2-16
The Gospels mention the Kingdom of God over 200 times. And Jesus has much to say about it. It will come with power. It is like a treasure hidden in a field. Like a pearl of great price. Like a net catching fish of every kind. Things both new and old will be brought out of its treasury. [Matthew 13:44-52] Today we hear that the Kingdom of God is to be received; that is, the Kingdom is a gift to be received as a little child might receive a gift. The Kingdom belongs to little children, it’s a gift given to children. We may enter as a little child. In innocence, perhaps, with a sense of wonder?
Peace, be still. Peace, be still. And the wind and the waves obey him. And fearful men are filled with awe. Jesus was the great wonder worker of his day: loaves and fishes, water into wine, great healings and raisings from the dead. What we are to make of this today, how we are to understand these miracles today would be an interesting discussion.
But what is important to remember is that for there to be a calming of the sea, there must first be a sea. For there to be a calming of the wind, there must first be wind. For natural laws to be bent to divine will, there must first be nature. And that is the primary miracle, the original miracle: that there is a world, a natural order. That there is indeed something and not nothing and that it is a wonder to behold.
1 Corinthians 3:13-14
Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward.
We remember today a monk named Columba, born in Ireland in year 521. Columba founded several monasteries including the renowned monastery at Kells. Columba was a complicated man, and the combination of his religious zeal, his love for learning, and his anger made for his breaking and his making.
We continue tonight our five part sermon series entitled “A World Turned Upside-down” in which each week a different brother looks at the mystery of the resurrection through the lens of a single word or image and how that word, like the preaching of the apostle Paul and his companion Silas in Thessalonica has the effect of turning our own world upside down. But before I get there I want to do something else.