Andrew's Sermon Notes - Lent 2013
REKindle preaching notes
Luke 9 – the spirituality of Jesus
It is a responsive spirituality – a bit like breathing in and out, Jesus prayer life was responsive to the situations he was in –so there is an “in and out” pattern to his times of prayer. IN Luke 9, it is after the return of the 12 from mission, and the feeding of the 5000 (a time of great opportunity, and an event of great demand on Jesus). Is our prayer life, and that of our churches sufficiently responsive to the needs of the day \ situation?
It is spirituality which embraces the presence of God. Jesus is often described as withdrawing (Luke 9:18, 28). This is not a running away from the world, but an embracing of God in difficult and challenging times. When Jesus withdraws he seems to find resources to take his disciples on the next stage (so in Luke 9:18, he asks the disciples about his identity and foretells his death & resurrection; in Luke 9:28f Jesus is revealed once more as God’s Son). Does our prayer life embrace the possibilities around us, and does it grow our discipleship 0 or is it at attempt to evade the world around us?)
It is a spatiality of self-awareness. In the transfiguration narrative, Jesus is revealed to the disciples– revealed as the greatest prophet, and as God’s Son. Peter does not know how to respond to this – the offer to make a shelter is both touching and rather pathetic. Jesus however, knows who he is, and that he is bound to a path of suffering love. Does our prayer life help us to understand who we truly are before God and others?