As I prepare to preach Jesus' great inaugural sermon tomorrow, I keep thinking, "I'd never get away with saying what Jesus said." Then again, it's a bit of a question as to how seriously we take even Jesus.
This fall we're looking at the Ten Mighty Acts of Jesus in Matthew 8-9. Matthew 4:23 says Jesus came "preaching, teaching and healing." Then we get the great inaugural sermon of Matthew 5-7. Which is followed by the ten mighty acts of Matthew 8-9, and then the second book-ending statement of Matthew 9:35: "Jesus went through all the towns and villages, preaching, teaching and healing."
Word and deed. Jesus kept them together. We followers of Jesus can have a bit of a reputation for too many words and not enough action. Not that preaching and teaching aren't important. But Jesus came preaching, teaching and healing.
So tomorrow is transition Sunday. The conclusion of Summer 2014. The beginning of our fall series, "Jesus the Healer." What kind of healing can we expect when we come to Jesus the healer? What would it look like for us to be healed by Jesus? What would it look like for us to also be healers, in the footsteps of Jesus (Matthew 10:1)?
The Preaching Teacher... and Healer. Yes, I'm excited... and once again rather nervous. Even after doing this now for over eleven years.