Today I had the pleasure of preaching at Main Street Moravian Church in Northfield, MN. I have been preaching there once or twice a month for the last couple years. They do not have a full time pastor and so I am part of a team of pastors who come in and rotate in the pulpit. My philosophy has always been to preach as directly from the Bible as possible and to relate everything back to the person and work of Jesus.
The sermon today was from Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. It is the parable Jesus told about the wheat and the weeds. Here are some quotes from the manuscript.
- So, what we know from the story so far is that it is about a wealthy, powerful landowner who had a rival. And that rival, in an act of secrecy, wickedness, and jealous has polluted the wealthy man’s good field with weeds in an effort to destroy him. It seems like a simple story, easy to understand. But what does it actually mean?
- What Jesus is saying is that in the world he has children, children who have been sown in the good seed of faith. They are adopted children, joined in the family of God through faith in his son Jesus.
- In my garden I have wanted to pick out weeds but I have needed to wait to make sure they are not plants developing. Unknowingly I may have picked out something that was to produce a good harvest. I really had to stress this with Isabelle when we were first getting the garden going because she just wanted to rip out everything.
- This is what the Master’s servants wanted to do. They wanted to immediately go and rip out all the weeds but the master was wiser than they were. The master knew that in recklessly ripping out weeds some of the good wheat would risk being destroyed also.
- And after all there is deep truth in the charitable saying of Augustine, "Those who are weeds today, may be wheat tomorrow."
- Human beings make poor eternal judges. Did you know that? There are way too many religious people running around doing the job of the angels and God, rounding up sinners and condemning them. I would advise this. If we can’t judge the authenticity of a $100 bill, then we would do best to avoid judging the souls of men.
- There is coming an end to all the world. This place as we know it will no longer be as we know. And Jesus will return as a triumphal king to rule over the righteous. All sin and evil will be eradicated from the presence of the righteous and they shall live in peace.