July 31, 2016: “When was I hungry, a stranger, sick, in prison?”

Posted on : Jul 28th, 2016 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Pastor Dan has been leading a sermon series on some questions Jesus has asked. This coming Sunday, we will look at a question of identity in Matthew 25:37-44.

Now, working in a hospital setting, I’m used to patients being asked a lot of questions regarding their identity. Where do you live? What insurance do you have? Do you have any family? Where do you work? In fact, one of my favorite questions around identity is, “Do you identify with any particular faith/religion?” This question of course helps staff to know how to support a patient physically, emotionally and spiritually according to the patient’s own faith, beliefs and values, in order to contribute to their healing and well-being.

Now many people choose one word to summarize their faith identity, such as Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Spiritual and so on.

The question of identity in Matthew seems to be moving beyond a one word descriptor, such as Follower/Student/Disciple (of Jesus). Perhaps we are being encouraged to dive deeper than titles or religious labels, and look more within ourselves and our lives.

Jesus challenges us that identification with him is not just about our relationship with him, but it’s also how we relate to and treat one another:

“When did we see You hungry, and feed You,

                or thirsty, and give You something to drink?

                And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in,

                or naked and clothe You?

                When did we see You sick,

                or in prison, and come to You?”

Join us this coming Sunday as we look more at the question of our identity as Christians or Followers of Jesus.

Blessings,

Rev. Jerod Yates

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Matthew 25: 37-44

Then these just will ask, ‘When did we see you hungry and feed you, or see you thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or clothe you in your nakedness? When did we see you ill or in prison and come to visit you?’ And the ruler will answer them, ‘The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my sisters or brothers, you did it for me.’

Then the ruler will say to those on the left, ‘Out of my sight, you accursed ones! Into that everlasting fire prepared for the devil and the fallen angels! I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing. I was ill and in prison and you did not come to visit me.’ Then they in turn will ask, ‘When did we see you hungry or thirsty, or homeless or naked, or ill or in prison, and did not take care of you?’

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