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Friday, February 27, 2015

02252015 Wednesday of Lent 1 - Knot

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February 25, 2015
It’s all in the knot

Creator of Heaven and earth, from the beginning of the universe, You knew what would occur.  From Your divine vantage point, everything You created had a purpose.  May we truly understand that not only are Your hand prints all over creation, but they are all over each of us gathered here during our Lenten Journey exploring the Salvation Bracelet.  For it tells the story of our salvation by Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

Tonight, we encounter, not a bead, but a knot.  Unlike the knots we have in our hair, shoe laces or electrical cords, the knot we encounter tonight has a divine purpose.  God in His infinite wisdom, knowledge and foresight tied a knot in the wrinkle of time in order for each of us to not only enter into creation, but be with Him in His Kingdom.

You see God not only had a divine purpose, but God planned for each and every one of us to be born, live a life and even when we will die.  Paul in Colossians 1:16 says it well, “16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.”  Paul’s words clearly apply to each of us that not only call ourselves human, but especially Christian.  God from the beginning of time not only created the heavens and the earth from nothing, but made each of us gathered here this evening.

We are not only the apple of God’s eye, but that which God created.  Just as the knot serves the purpose to hold the beads together on a length of cord in a circle to form a bracelet, God has a divine plan for each of us gathered here.  Each and every one of us wants to clearly know and understand our purpose in life. For some this is even more of a challenge.  Specifically for those who have lived a full life and their bodies are failing them, whether eye sight, hands, legs and sadly, but especially the mind.  When I visit Good Samaritan or Wheat Ridge, I encounter individuals who are at this point in their lives.  They wonder what God has in store for them?  Do they serve any useful purpose now?  Some are angry for being left in the home by family members, others are troubled because nobody comes and visits them or cares for them in the way they want.  Each of them is in desperate need of hearing the truth from God from not only me the Pastor, but especially we the people of God that God still cares for them.  This message for them and for each of us gathered here tonight is simply in the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel of Jesus Christ the salvation story like we can explain from the salvation bracelet is like a loose end that is tied into a perfect knot.  The knot is that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to hold us up and hold us together.  Jesus Christ is the knot that keeps us together and we share this with others through the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God’s message has a clearly defined purpose to give hope to the downtrodden to uplift those down in the spirit that seem to have no hope and especially for we who gather here tonight as His children.

The salvation bracelet our Lenten series is based upon wouldn’t be a bracelet without a knot.  So to the Gospel of Jesus Christ would not offer salvation nor have the importance or impact without Jesus Christ as the perfect knot that ties it all together.  Just as Jesus Christ came into the world to set the world free, so to Jesus Christ came to be our sacrifice and live the life we could not live.  Just as a knot can hold two strands of cord together, Jesus Christ holds onto us His children, you and me and offers us the gift of eternal life.  Jesus Christ offer is a divine fulfillment of God’s plan and offer made for all of mankind.  It is this offer that God offers us through the plan of salvation fulfilled by Jesus Christ the perfect knot.

This same purpose and plan we are a part of with our baptism into Jesus Christ life, death and resurrection and we are tied into salvation history.  God offers us this out of His great love for us, not for a select few, but for all of mankind.  We who gather here this evening are invited into this special knot and can be tied into the greatest knot of living history, that of Jesus Christ.  For this gift of grace is tied together in the perfect knot for all of mankind, but especially including each and every one of us gathered here tonight to hear about the first knot of the salvation bracelet of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

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