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Old and Boring

Old and Boring

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Old and Boring
The Rev. Joseph WinstonAugust 9, 2009
Sermon
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Around this time of the year, advertisements tell us of the “new and improved”cars and trucks waiting for us on the showroom floors. Select almost any huntingand fishing magazine that you want and you will find something like this. Withhigher performance engines and increased towing capacities, your work will befinished in less time. Come in and start saving today. While waiting to check outat a grocery store, pull out a woman’s journal and quickly glance through theadvertisements for cars. They will bring to you the following message. Our com-mitment to safety has continued with this year’s models. Protect your family witha new car. Turn on the television and you will both see and hear how technologicaladvances in this vehicle bring you the best that this world has to offer. Trade in
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Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3.
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and move up.Department and specialty stores want in on the action. Right now, they areconstantly reminding us that the start of school is just around in corner. Walk intoany one of these stores and look around. It does not matter where you go. All of the displays promise you the latest fashions. Put them on and be in style. Con-tinue your journey down to the school supplies. Last year’s items will just notwork. They are old fashioned. Get today’s pens and papers. Bookstores surround-ing college campuses tell us the same story. This year’s classes use a new edition.That old used version just will not work for classes starting this fall.Grocery stores use the exact same ploy. They actually want you to believetheir products are better today than yesterday. Look in the freezers. There youwill find new packaging that brings farm fresh vegetables to your table. The trendcontinues with boxed goods. Not only do breakfast cereals give you a completeday’s requirements ofnutrients butnow they also provideyou with fiberforahearthealthy diet, which might reduce bad cholesterol and the chance of heart attacks.It always seems that cleaning products are the worst abusers of the “new andimproved” labels. Purchase this new detergent. Now clothes will smell clotheslinefresh. Buy this improved dish soap. No longer will you have spots on your glassesand as an added benefit, your dishes will be cleaner. This completely redesignedmop makes it easier to clean the house.The plainness of Jesus always has been a stumbling block. Today’s Gospelfrom St. John undoubtedly points this lesson out to us. The assembled crowd re-fuses to listen to Jesus. Their argument is obvious to any of us that like “new and2
 
improved” products. They all personally know Christ’s family and His surround-ings (John 6:42). This knowledge, which is only partially correct, brings them totheir incorrect conclusion. He is “old and boring” and because of this Jesus cannotbe the bread of life.Throughout the Fourth Gospel, problems certainly occur when we reject whathas been given to us. In the previous example, the people want something more.They want a better model than what they have seen in the past. By dismissingJesus and His teaching, they literally do not believe Christ’s Word. In doing so,they have turned down His offer of eternal life.Even Christ’s followers have the same problem.
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They want to add a little bitmore than just accepting what actually happened. They want to improve their rolein the story.The first case happens in the opening chapter of John. At this time, Andrewand another unnamed individual are followers of John the Baptizer (John 1:40).When they hear their teacher, John the Baptizer, shout out, “Look, here is theLamb of God (John 1:36)” they both leave John the Baptizer and follow Jesus.Jesus then turns and asks them what they are looking for (John 1:38). When theyanswer, the two former disciples of John the Baptizer first address Jesus as teacherand then pose their own question to Him, “Where are you staying?” Jesus invitesthem to “Come and see.” Finally, Andrew goes to his brother Simon Peter and
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Today, people do not wantto “go to church”since whatthey find thereis too closeto whattheysee everywhere else.Gordon W. Lathrop and Timothy J. Wengert,
, (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2004), p.13.This has occurredsince the church, for the most part, has become indistinguishable from the world.
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