It is in God’s character to show mercy. Jesus— as God in the flesh— perfectly manifests this aspect of God’s character. He does so in our gospel story (Luke 17:11-19) by restoring ten leapers who implore him for healing. However, out of the ten leapers who receive the gift of healing, only one of them returns to give thanks to Jesus. What can we learn from this one, Samaritan leaper about the importance of gratitude? This is what Coralie explores in her sermon today.
Reading the four Gospels, we get the impression that Jesus is a difficult man to impress. However, in today’s story from the Gospel of Matthew (Matt. 15:21-28) we see that Jesus is deeply impressed— impressed by the faith of a desperate gentile woman whose daughter is in need of healing.
In today’s sermon, Coralie will take a deeper look at this story. What, specifically, is so impressive about this woman’s faith? How exactly is this woman a model for those who wish to have the gift of faith in their lives? What does Jesus do in response to such faith? These are some of the questions that Coralie will be touching upon in her sermon.
Goodbyes can be extremely difficult. This is certainly true in the case of Jesus and his final hours with his disciples. Here, in the small upper room of a house somewhere outside of Jerusalem, Jesus informs his friends that he will soon have to leave them. However, at the same time, he also adds, "I will not leave you orphaned." Indeed, he promises to give them his eternal presence through the power of the Holy Spirit. In today's sermon, Coralie will elaborate on precisely what this means for us, the people of Christ's church.