sixth sunday in easter


Sermon Starter

No matter how often we open the pages of the Bible; there is always something more for it to teach us. That is one of the wonderful things about the Bible. It presents God’s plan of salvation simply enough for children to understand that Jesus saved them from their sins with His death on the cross. At the same time, it has enough sophistication in it so that scholars have filled warehouses with the teachings of Jesus Christ drawn from its pages.

One of the many themes that we find in all of Scripture is that we do not go looking for God. It is God who searches for us. One of the themes of Scripture is that every time we mere human beings try to find God, we get into trouble. Conversely, all the wonderful stuff that happens in the Bible always begins with God.

Within the idea that all the wonderful stuff in the Bible begins with God, our Gospels for this Easter Season all seem to show how no one can meet the Risen Christ unless God makes the introduction.

Jesus reminds His Apostles that they did not decide to follow Him, but He called them. He said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you …” (John 15:16) The Gospels tell us that Jesus actively sought out and called His church together.

Today’s Gospel continues that teaching of the upper room from last week’s Gospel. In a few hours, Judas will lead a band of soldiers into Gethsemane in order to arrest Jesus. The next day, Jesus will die on the cross to take away the sins of the world.

Collect of the Day

O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.