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8-02-09 Closed Captioned Sermon, Zion Ev. Lutheran, Torrance, CA

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Text from the Holy Bible: NIV used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Let us rise for the reading of this morning's sermon text recorded for us in Mark's Gospel where we read from Chapter 6, beginning with verse 30: The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "COME WITH ME BY YOURSELVES TO A QUIET PLACE AND GET SOME REST." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. .... The congregation is seated. (Silent moment.) Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What's a milestone for you that marks the end of summer? We turned over the calendar page once again and all of a sudden we're in the month of August. And now we start thinking ... that school's gonna start again, and maybe you're thinking your summer is really over. I think sometimes, in my life, I think that once we celebrate the 4th of July, my summer is done. And I don't know why that is because I used to LOVE summer. I used to LOVE to look forward to that time when there was less work to do. There was enjoyment. We can go to the beach. We can go to the lake. As children we would go fishing. We would just hang out and have nothing to do but lay on the grass and drink some lemonade and maybe get in a water fight. But now summer goes by really fast. And it doesn't seem like it's a time of relaxation ... and peace. But if I truly sit down and analyze what it is, summer hasn't changed. Summer is still that same amount of days it's always been. But I just don't take the time. I ... don't ... allow myself the ... time ... to relax and lay in the grass and have a glass of lemonade. Or just go to the beach and sit there. How important THAT time of relaxation is ... of rest and renewal. And our Lord knows that for us as well. It was the example of creation where God took 24-hour days six of them and created the entire universe and all that exists. And on the seventh day ... ... He rested. He took a Sabbath. And He wanted us to know and to learn that THAT Sabbath rest is important. It's a time for us to NOT work. To refocus ourselves, especially to refocus ourselves on God and on His Word. To come together as the family of believers and spend time at His feet. Relaxed. Refreshed. Not worrying about what's gonna happen this afternoon or running through lists in our head of everything that's coming up this week. That's being with the Lord. He gave that same reminder to His disciples. His own disciples that He had sent out to go and proclaim the fact that the Kingdom of God is near. And Mark's Gospel tells us that when they came back, they wanted to talk with Jesus about all that they had done, about all that they had experienced. Those wonderful things that had occurred to them as they shared the message of the Messiah with God's people. They came back to Jesus accompanied by people that they had encountered and talked to ... who wanted to see Jesus as well. They mobbed Jesus and His disciples. There were so many of them and so much going on that the disciples couldn't even eat. And Jesus said to them: It's important for you to rest. Let's go away. You and I are going to go away so we can discuss what happened. I want to hear your war stories of proclaiming the Gospel. I want to hear the JOY of your life in doing what I asked you to do. That's what Jesus wanted for His disciples and He wants that for us as well. He wants us as His brothers and sisters to spend family time together ... around the Word. Coming to our Heavenly Father with all of our joy with the good things that are going on in our lives thanking and praising Him for what He's done ... what He has accomplished through us. Spending time together with Jesus confessing the fact that we ARE sinful that we realize that we're NOT perfect but we go to Him for the comfort and the reassurance that He has forgiven our sins. That we are still His own and that He STILL loves us. And gives us encouragement in His Word, with the reminders of His blessings, with the joy we have in discovering, once again, the treasures that He has recorded for us. That time together with Him is a time to rest with Him. And to be family with Him. You and I just have to admit that we often DON'T take the time to do that. We don't make that effort because it really isn't that important to us. It isn't that important to us to spend time with our fellow believers in Christ. We always have our own agendas and our own things to do. But today we're reminded how important that is to support each other. To be with each other. To strengthen each other ... to laugh together, to cry together, to grieve together, to work together, TO BE TOGETHER WITH GOD. Because He will support us and He will strengthen us. He will give us the compassion that He has for the world. Because even knowing the importance of rest, when Jesus and His disciples pulled up in that boat and all of those people had run ahead of Him, had gotten there before Him, because they WANTED TO BE WITH HIM, They needed to HEAR what He had to say; they wanted to LEARN from Him. They were there to BE WITH HIM. He looked at them and He had compassion. He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. They were running around aimlessly. No one was there protecting them. No one was there feeding them. No one was there caring for them and He ... began to teach them. The compassion that He had for them, oozed out to them ... with Himself, with His Word ... to tend the flock ... to bring to them the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. And we realize how important that is for us as well. How important it is to look at the world with compassion, with the heart of Christ. To bring to the world what they NEED MOST, which IS the love and the support and the forgiveness of God. If Jesus were here today and He looked out on the world, how would He describe it? A world that is truly searching for answers. A world that's become rather selfish and focused only on what THEIR needs are ... thinking THEY know what is best, they can decide the truth, they can decide for themselves everything that they need. Yet they can't save themselves. They can't stop the condemnation of sin and they're all going to die some day. We have ... the answers that God has given us in His Word. The true answers ... like for instance: Jesus died for the forgiveness of sins. We know that death is the punishment of sin but for those who believe that Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary died to remove that punishment, it is the passing to eternal life. To the glories of heaven. To the joys of BEING with our Creator and our Heavenly Father forever. And that's the message that we bring to others in compassion. We're out there to proclaim the Truth of God. The Pure Word of God, because there is the true understanding of compassion and what love is. Not that we love God ... but that He loved us. He sent Jesus Christ into this world to restore the relationship that was broken by sin ... to be the Righteousness that God demanded. That no one could produce themselves. We HAVE THAT wonderful message and it IS a message of love and compassion. And as Jesus taught us: That should be proclaimed. We proclaim it out of love for those people who are lost, who need direction and we do it in a loving manner, in a gentle manner sometimes putting the needs of those other people above our own needs because we understand how important that is. Jesus IS the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for the lost. He has called us His own. He has gathered us into His flock He tends for us. He cares for us. May we find rest in Him. May we find support and strength in His Word and encouragement. May we understand the compassion that He had for sinful humanity ... so that we, too, can be compassionate; so that we, too, can be loving and SHARE the joy that we have. We realize that the days are short and there's a lot of work to do. A lot of work to get done. We all have lists of things that we want to accomplish today, even for this week. But the most important thing that we can never neglect is that time of rest. That time of rest at the feet of our Lord and Savior. Hearing His Word. Listening to Him. Sharing with Him. He tends us as the Good Shepherd. May we find rest for our souls. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 13 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 78
Posted by: hischild on Aug 7, 2009

Pastor Dave reminds us as we go about our busy lives of our need to rest spiritually, as well as physically, by entrusting ourselves to the Lord's loving care.

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