Sermon Transcript – Jesus Ain’t Like Jonah

Series B – Third Sunday after Epiphany – Sunday, January 24, 2021 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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0:28the holy gospel according to saint mark
0:30the first chapter
0:39after john the baptist was arrested
0:41Jesus came into galilee proclaiming the
0:43gospel of god and saying the time is
0:46fulfilled the kingdom of god is at hand
0:48repent and believe in the gospel passing
0:51along the sea of galilee he saw simon
0:53and andrew the brother of
0:54simon casting a net into the sea for
0:57they were fishermen
0:58and Jesus said to them follow me and i
1:00will make you to become fishers of men
1:02and immediately they left their nets and
1:04followed him and going on a little
1:06farther he saw james the son of zebedee
1:08and john his brother
1:09who were in the boat mending the nets
1:11and immediately he called them and they
1:13left their father zebedee in the boat
1:15with the hired servants and followed him
1:18is the gospel of the lord in the name of
1:22amen all right hear these words of jonah
1:25forty days and nineveh shall be
1:29oh those are ominous words these are
1:31words of repentance
1:33and i would note as a little bit of a
1:35side i don’t know if you’ve been paying
1:36attention that
1:37there were a bunch of people who claim
1:38to be prophets today
1:40who prophesied that trump would win the
1:43election and they’re still
1:45doubling and tripling down and basically
1:47saying that he’s going to be president
1:49this year somehow that’s crazy stuff and
1:52confronted and said that told that this
1:54is not what god
1:55has said that they are false prophets
1:58they say that jonah was a false prophet
2:00because nineveh was not overthrown and
2:04yet scripture is very clear in the
2:05prophet jeremiah god has said very
2:08that if he has somebody prophesied
2:12judgment and destruction
2:14and those people turn from their sin
2:16that he will relent
2:18of the disaster and so that’s exactly
2:20what happened with
2:22jonah jonah prophesied yet 40 days
2:25and nineveh would be overthrown and what
2:27did the ninevites do
2:28they said god you’re right we’re wrong
2:32and they called on god to have mercy on
2:35what a great thing for them to do now i
2:38would note this
2:39that if you know the story of jonah
2:41jonah is like one of the worst
2:42prophets ever all right when he hears
2:45the voice of god there’s no doubt that
2:47he’s heard the voice of god
2:49what does he do well god says i want you
2:52to go to ninevite and
2:53prophesy and preach against them and
2:56jonah says no way
2:57jose and he heads off to some other
3:00place tarshish
3:01and we all know the story the big fish
3:03story as it goes what a terrible prophet
3:05this guy is
3:06but what’s the reason why jonah went the
3:09opposite way
3:10was it because well what is the reason
3:14well scripture is actually very clear in
3:16chapter 4 that the reason why jonah
3:18didn’t want to go to nineveh
3:19is because he knew god was merciful he
3:22knew that god was kind
3:24he knew that god would forgive him and
3:26jonah didn’t want those
3:28lousy good-for-nothing war criminal
3:32to be forgiven you know think of it this
3:34way think of the people that you like
3:36the least on the planet and that’s kind
3:39of the scary thing about
3:40our existence here there always seems to
3:42be some group
3:43that group that we don’t like and so
3:46maybe it’s that party that political
3:48party that you don’t vote for we don’t
3:50like them and i don’t want them to be
3:54or maybe it’s some war criminals from
3:56history’s past and things like this
3:58but i would note that this is a very
4:00very very scary
4:01frightening myopic way to look at
4:04repentance repentance being
4:06for them but not for me because
4:09if you think about it look at your own
4:11life even look at the confession
4:13that you gave at the beginning of the
4:15service confessing that you were by
4:17nature sinful and unclean
4:19you know are you any better than the
4:23no neither am i and so you’ll note that
4:27jonah the reason he
4:28heads the opposite direction is because
4:29he doesn’t want them
4:31for given but have you considered the
4:34that exists this morning that here is
4:36pastor roseboro
4:38in the pulpit preaching the gospel of
4:40god and it’s an
4:41absolute scandal that god has forgiven
4:44me but if you’re honest with yourself it
4:47is also a scandal that god has forgiven
4:50and so we’ll note that god let’s just
4:53say disciplines jonah quite
4:55severely but in disciplining him he also
4:58graces him
4:59in disciplining him god caused him to
5:01spend three days
5:03in the belly of a large fish in the
5:05mediterranean cooling his heels
5:07if you would but as awful of as an
5:10experience as that had to have been
5:12Christ uses that as a sign as a type and
5:15shadow of his very death and
5:18and so we’ll note that in our gospel
5:21text today
5:22Christ kind of picks up where jonah
5:24leaves off
5:25there’s this wonderful unbroken chain in
5:28the old testament all the way
5:29coming into the new of people who are
5:33and teachers of repentance
5:36and Jesus is no difference
5:40in fact Christ in our gospel text it
5:42says that after john the baptist had
5:44been arrested
5:45john had finished his course this is the
5:47one prophesied by isaiah and malachi the
5:49one who would prepare the way of the
5:51we heard his preaching during advent and
5:54now that he has finished his course
5:56Christ now appears on the scene and he
5:58says the time is fulfilled the kingdom
5:59of god is at hand
6:01repent and believe in the good news and
6:04the good news
6:05of the gospel Jesus
6:08was a repentance teacher i would note
6:10there seems to be a lot of people
6:12nowadays who are pastors
6:13who are a little shy when it comes to
6:16the concept of preaching
6:17repentance i remember when joel osteen
6:20first came on the scene
6:22and there were people in the media who
6:24were noting that his preaching was a lot
6:26different than
6:27the normal way that Christians have
6:29preached in the past
6:30because he never really mentions sin
6:35and the need to repent and so some
6:37reporter actually spoke to him one time
6:39and said
6:40why is it that your messages are so
6:42different and you can almost hear him
6:44kind of in that
6:45southern drawl that he has well i feel
6:48like the lord’s called me to be
6:50very positive
6:53and my question for joel osteen is how
6:57how is it that you think that you are
6:58somehow more positive than Christ
7:02because Christ was a repentance preacher
7:04and repentance
7:06as a message gets a bad rap but in
7:08reality it’s a great rap
7:11it’s something that is necessary because
7:13we all of us
7:15are steeped in sin and rebellion against
7:18and the preaching of repentance is god’s
7:20call for us
7:22not to be judged but to be forgiven
7:26and so i would note that today since we
7:28began in the name of the father and the
7:31and the holy spirit and Christ has said
7:33that where
7:34two or more are gathered in his name
7:37even gathered
7:38on the internet that Christ is present
7:40and so the kingdom of god has drawn near
7:43us has drawn near to you and we hear
7:46now the message of Jesus to repent and
7:49believe in the gospel
7:51and don’t think for a second that you
7:52can sit there and say well i repented
7:54four years ago repentance is not like a
7:57coveted vaccination
7:58it’s not like that at all repentance is
8:01one of these things
8:02that is a daily life of a Christian
8:05Christ is the one who teaches us to pray
8:08every day
8:09forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
8:12those who trespass against
8:14us and you’re going to note this then
8:16that Christ
8:17picking up where jonah left off that
8:19Christ is nothing like jonah
8:21not at all in fact Jesus well
8:24rather than head the opposite direction
8:26when god the father approached him and
8:29son i would like you to go to earth
8:33to empty yourself be found in the form
8:36of a servant be born with virgin mary
8:38and go
8:38and bleed and die for the sins of the
8:40world so they can be reconciled to me
8:43Jesus unlike jonah didn’t say i think
8:46i’m going to head somewhere else
8:48Jesus gladly willingly for the joy
8:52set before him he went to the cross
8:56so that we can be forgiven and you’ll
8:59note here that at the beginning of
9:00Jesus’s ministry
9:02he says repent and believe in the gospel
9:04i would note that some people like to
9:07think that the gospel is different than
9:09the gospel that
9:10paul wrote down for us in first
9:13corinthians 15 the gospel that he
9:16says he received directly from Jesus and
9:18that gospel states very clearly
9:20that Christ died for our sins in
9:23accordance with the scripture
9:25and that he was raised on the third day
9:27in accordance with the scripture
9:28and so people will sit there and say
9:30well Christ hasn’t died yet so
9:31the gospel he preached has to be
9:34different than that one
9:36and to which i would say o contrer have
9:38you not read your old testament
9:40the gospel that the apostles preached is
9:43the same gospel that’s revealed in the
9:45old testament
9:45in such wonderful passages like isaiah
9:4853 he was pierced for our transgressions
9:51bruised for our iniquities the
9:54chastisement the punishment that brought
9:56us peace with god
9:57was upon Jesus and that being the case
10:00you’ll note that Christ is really able
10:02to go back into
10:04the old testament itself the gospel is
10:07there and he can preach the gospel from
10:09the old testament
10:10prophets as having not yet been
10:13but knowing that he has already set his
10:16face like flint to go to the cross
10:18so that we can be forgiven and
10:21and that’s the thing Jesus is not
10:24scandalized by the mercy of god
10:26he gladly brings it to us
10:30and so Christ now wants us all to hear
10:34this good news of what he has done for
10:37and taking our sins upon himself
10:39bleeding and dying and calling us out of
10:41darkness into his light
10:43and so we see that Christ now already at
10:45the beginning of his ministry begins to
10:47take steps
10:48to train disciples who would then
10:51make disciples and they in turn all of
10:55through each successive generation would
10:58fishers of men here’s what it says
11:00passing along the sea of galilee
11:02Jesus saw simon and andrew the brother
11:04of simon casting a ned into the sea
11:06for they were fishermen and Jesus said
11:08to them follow me and i will make you to
11:09become fishers of men
11:11he did the same thing with the sons of
11:13zebedee and you sit there and go
11:15hmm fishermen becoming fishers of men
11:17it’s an interesting
11:18idea but it’s going to take three years
11:20for Jesus to train these men
11:22and so Jesus even at the beginning of
11:24his ministry begins to invest
11:27in these disciples and to teach and to
11:30them how to do what he is doing
11:33calling sinners to repent and discipling
11:37in the word of god and the disciples
11:40after Christ’s death
11:41resurrection and ascension they
11:43immediately got to work
11:45in doing that preaching repentance and
11:47the forgiveness of sins in Jesus name
11:50and as Christ has commanded the church
11:52making disciples of all nations
11:54and so each following generation then
11:57disciples are made who make disciples
11:59who make disciples
12:01and those disciples like you and like me
12:04are also
12:05now joining with Jesus joining with
12:08joining with the prophets of old
12:11to people to repent of their sins and to
12:14be forgiven by the rich
12:16grace and mercy of god which covers all
12:20of our sins and reconciles
12:21us to god because as it says in
12:24scripture it is not god’s will that any
12:26should perish
12:27including you and including me and so
12:30you’ll note that
12:31Christ rather than run the opposite way
12:34not only does he
12:35run right to the task that the father
12:37has given him
12:38he then takes steps to ensure that that
12:42work continues to this day because
12:45like i said rather than be scandalized
12:48by the grace of god
12:49he is instead all too eager to make sure
12:53that we all
12:54hear about it and that being the case i
12:57our epistle text is a little bit helpful
12:59for us
13:00now you’re going to sit here and say
13:02well maybe only
13:04pastors are the ones who are qualified
13:06to share the good news of what Christ
13:08has done and i would say that is not
13:12each and every one of us have the
13:14privilege of telling others of the mercy
13:16and the grace of Jesus
13:18and the reconciliation that we have
13:20because of what he has done for us
13:22and so that being the case it’s easy for
13:26to somehow say well that’s just the
13:27pastor’s job or even worse
13:30to say something to the effect of well
13:31i’m too busy with things here
13:34right now to do that i’ve got bills to
13:37i’ve got house chores to you know
13:40and honeydew lists to do and i’ve i’ve
13:43got to make sure that i’m studying for
13:45this exam and all this kind of stuff and
13:47all those things
13:48are good but scripture teaches us
13:51that we must always as Christians keep
13:54an eye on the fact that the world in its
13:56present form
13:57is passing away it is always passing
14:01away in fact i would note this
14:03that there’s many different ways in
14:05which the present form of this world
14:07passes away i remember growing up
14:10in the 70s and in the 80s and i can tell
14:13you with
14:14absolute certainty that that world
14:16doesn’t exist anymore
14:17it only exists in the memories of those
14:20who lived through it
14:21and if you think about it this past week
14:24we had
14:25well our present form of our government
14:28from one administration to another
14:32and so the world that we lived in in
14:35has already passed away and a new world
14:39has emerged with the rise of the new
14:42and also the inauguration of a different
14:46and given time this present
14:49form of the world will also pass away
14:51but also i would remind you of this
14:54that each and every one of us we are
14:56passing away
14:59that’s just the fact of life i keep
15:02telling you guys and i
15:03will re-emphasize it over and over again
15:06it was
15:07yesterday that i was 18 years old
15:11and i had a 29 inch waist with six-pack
15:14abs had a swimmer’s body and
15:17you’re sitting there going well what
15:18happened i don’t know it was terrible it
15:20but it happened so quickly right
15:25but the thing is is that in a twinkling
15:28of an eye
15:29by this time tomorrow i
15:32will not be here you will not be here
15:35when i had covet i had the ability to
15:37spend a little time thinking about my
15:39mortality because
15:41when you get a positive uh testing and
15:44it’s the test comes back and says that
15:46you have covid
15:47you scratch your chin and you have to
15:50am i going to make it
15:54and all of us who’ve been through that
15:56we we know that experience you wonder if
15:58this is something that’s killed so many
16:00will i be part of that number and the
16:03reality is
16:04is that whether covid takes somebody’s
16:07or if it’s cancer in 20 years or they
16:11pass away in their sleep the present
16:13form of this world is passing away we
16:15are all passing away
16:17and that’s the reason why we need to pay
16:19close attention to this task that is set
16:22before us
16:22of going and proclaiming repentance in
16:24the forgiveness of sins
16:26because not only are we promised by
16:28Christ that our sins
16:29are forgiven but we are promised by his
16:33grace and his mercy and his love for us
16:35that he is gifting us a new world
16:39a new creation a world where there is no
16:41sin where there is no death where there
16:43is no covet
16:44where there are no flus where there are
16:47no stillborn children
16:48where there are no failed crops
16:52or pandemics that is what is promised to
16:55in Christ this world is passing away but
16:58the world that Christ
17:00is making that he will create on the
17:03last day of this creation and the first
17:06day of the next
17:07it will not pass away so that being the
17:10as we now are called to join the fishers
17:13of men
17:14of the past in proclaiming Christ on any
17:17fishing journey it’s a good idea to pack
17:20light to not bring too much luggage
17:23to not set down deep roots and that’s
17:26really what paul’s getting at here
17:28and so paul says this is what i mean
17:30brothers the appointed time has grown
17:32very short from now on let those who
17:34have wives lives
17:36as though they have none now Christ is
17:38not telling Christians to neglect their
17:40the idea here is to not put them on a
17:43pedestal and make them the focus of all
17:46of their earthly attention those who
17:48mourn as though they were not mourning
17:50those who rejoice as were they they were
17:52not rejoicing
17:53there’s no time for those things those
17:55who buy as though they had no goods and
17:57those who deal
17:58with the world as though they had no
17:59dealings with it at all
18:01for the present form of this world is
18:04passing away so brothers and sisters
18:08hear again
18:08then the words of Christ the time is
18:11the kingdom of god is at hand this
18:14present world is passing away
18:16and Christ desires you to be forgiven
18:19and reconciled to god
18:21so again repent believe
18:24keep on believing the good news that in
18:27Christ you have been forgiven because of
18:28what he has done
18:30even for a sinner like you or like me
18:33note then in the right time
18:37the world that is coming will finally
18:38appear and this is our hope
18:40in the name of Jesus amen
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