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SHOW ME YOUR GLORY O LORD

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Sermon shared by Don Schultz

January 2010
Summary: Why doesn't Jesus show us his glory today? How does Jesus strengthen my faith today?
Denomination: Lutheran
Audience: General adults
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and he loved his disciples. And so he put this image into their heads and into their hearts – he gave them a taste of heaven - so that they would know and believe that he really was the Son of God.

But what about us? Lord, show us your glory. Aren’t there times when you need a boost in your faith? I know that Jesus promises to be with me always, but sometimes I feel like I’m all alone in this world. I know that Jesus is in control of all things – in control of my life, in control of the whole world. But when I look at how much of a mess the world is in, when I look at my own messy life, I sometimes forget that Jesus is in control. I sometimes doubt it. Lord, show me your glory! Let me see your light!

And what about all the times I have sinned? I know that Jesus says he forgives me and that he purifies me. But look at all of my sins! I have not loved God above all other things. I have not loved others in the way that Jesus has loved me. Have you ever thought about all the times you’ve fallen short as a husband or a wife? As a father or a mother? As a son or a daughter? Have you been perfect? Just think of all the times you didn’t put forth your best at work? Why didn’t you pray more this week? Why didn’t you read the Bible more this week? What is wrong with you? Have you ever pondered your sins? Sometimes it is hard to believe that God really forgives me and loves me when I think of my sins. Lord, show me your glory!

Where does Jesus do this? Where is the mountain I can climb, where I can get a taste of heaven? The Apostle Paul once said, “We live by faith, and not by sight.” God isn’t going to dazzle our eyes with the holy light of heaven, like he did back then. God isn’t going to dazzle our ears today with his booming voice from the sky, like he did back then. Today we live by faith, and not by sight.

And so where can I go to make my faith stronger? Where I can find Jesus today? There is a place. That place is the Word. And that place is the Sacrament. There is my taste of heaven.

Do you have a hard time believing that God really forgives you and loves you? Then come to the Lord’s Table. Hear those words, where Jesus says to you that he gave his body for you and shed his blood for you. Come here, Jesus says, and I will forgive you. Here Jesus takes away your doubts. He strengthens your faith. I do love you, he says. Take and eat. Take and drink. This is my body and blood given for you and shed for you.

Do you feel like your life is out of control? That the world is out of control? Do you think God has abandoned you? Look into the Word. Come to a Bible study. Turn off that TV, that computer. Open that Bible that sits on your shelf at home. There in the Word, Jesus comes to you. He strengthens your faith. He fills your soul with his promise to be with your always. Here he promises to work everything in your life for something good. What an amazing blessing the Word of God is, that Jesus has given to us. You and I might be jealous of those disciples who saw Jesus’ glory on that mountain. But I wonder if they would be jealous of us, that we have the Old and New Testaments so perfectly organized for us to read and to use for our faith.

Lord, show me your glory! Today, Jesus shows
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