Sermons by “Fr. David Thompson”
Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead the Holy Spirit was sent to fill his disciples. Pentecost marks the beginning of a new age, a Spirit filled age. By the indwelling of the Spirit, disciples of Christ are empowered with the very presence of God to carry out the purposes of God; namely, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people of all nations.
It happens time and time again, people receive great works from God only to turn and reject his word. We see this in Acts 8, where the people of Lystra receive a great miracle performed by Paul, yet turn and stone him for his words. The word of God is not always an easy word to hear and receive, and yet it is the only word that brings healing and wholeness to a broken world and broken lives.
Palm Sunday is a day of great expectation, as well as the beginnings of great disappointment. Expectations were not met. Instead of a conquering king, the people got a crucified Christ. What do you expect from Jesus Christ? “What are you seeking” (Jn. 1:38)? Does it have anything to do with his cross? This is where God’s greatest deed meets our greatest need.
The Apostle Paul says that “the Lord Jesus Christ will transform our lowly bodies to be like his glorious body” (v. 21). You can be sure of it, the Christian life is a life of transformation. Outward transformation in our bodies is a great hope, but is only part of it, and is the last step. God prefers to begin his transformative work deep down within our soul, heart, and mind, working on us from the inside out.