Summary: A sermon that looks at being adopted by God through the blood of Christ. Though our sins have caused us to be “relinquished” from God’s glory, through faith we are adopted into the family of God. WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD. NOTE, THE SERMON USES MY OWN E
“Who’s Your Daddy?”
Christ the King Sunday
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
November 26, 2006
I. “Who’s Your Daddy?” Opening story of Tennessee Governor Ben Hooper
One morning, a family was eating breakfast in a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished-looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, “I hope he doesn’t come over here.” But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
“Howdy! Where are you folks from?” he asked in a friendly voice. “Oklahoma,” they answered. “Well, great to have you here in Tennessee,” the stranger said. “What do you do for a living?” “I teach at a seminary,” he replied. “Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a really good story for you.” And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The professor groaned and thought to himself, “Great, just what I need—another preacher story!”
The man started, “See that mountain over there?” (pointing out a restaurant window). “Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question. ‘Hey boy, who’s your daddy?’ He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so much.
When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, ‘Who’s your daddy?’ But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast, he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about the boy, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, ‘son, who’s your daddy?’
“The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, ‘Who’s your daddy?’
“The new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to the scared little boy. ‘Wait a minute!’ he said. ‘I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.’
“With that, he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, ‘Boy, you’ve got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.’
“With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, ‘Who’s your Daddy?’ he’d just tell them, ‘I’m a child of God.’ ”
The distinguished gentlemen got up from the table and said, “Isn’t this a great story?” The professor responded that it really was a great story! As the man turned to leave, he said, “You know, if that new preacher hadn’t told me that I was one of God’s children, I probably would never have amounted to anything!” And he walked away. The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, “Do you know that man who just left that was sitting at our table?”
The waitress grinned and said, “Of course. Everybody here knows him. That’s Ben Hooper. He’s the former governor of Tennessee!”
II. Discussions of the Ephesians passage in light of being “grafted” into the olive tree (Romans 11:22)
a. “He chose us…”
b. We are blameless in His sight
c. We are adopted by God as sons and daughters because of Christ the King.
d. Our sin cuts us off from God, like the olive branch being cut off.
e. Our faith in Christ makes us “holy and blameless”; through faith we are in.
i. “cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree,…” (Romans 11:24)
III. Jesus Christ is our King
a. Very brief discussion of the God-man Jesus Christ: how faith in Christ saves.
IV. Through the work of Christ the faithful are adopted into the body.
a. “In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ…”
i. Entirely the work of God and entirely not our work.
ii. Christ is King because he has earned our redemption, our adoption.
V. My own adoption story
a. My mother’s explanation that I was special because she chose me.
b. Adoption espouses Christ’s love all the way around
i. Bio-mom’s love at relinquishment