Sun, 17 June 2012
June 17, 2012
Who is My Brother
Synopsis: This is the second sermon in a series dealing with the question of relationships. “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” was raised by Cain in regards to Able whom he killed. Today my sermon deals with the question raised by a lawyer in response to the demand of the law to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:25-37)
This question of who is my brother is raised in several of Jesus’ parables. The older brother in Luke 15:11-32 was acting like his brother was dead, but the Father insisted that he was alive.
There is a third parable most often identified with judgment (Matthew 25: 31-46). It is told in reference to the separation of the sheep and the goats. The distinction of the two groups is drawn from the way they treated Jesus’ brothers.
I need to be sure you know that I am not using the term “Brother” as a term of gender. I do not believe the text is trying to limit its lesson to gender specific relationships. I believe Jesus is present a truth that transcends gender. In other words I think the lesson of this text crosses the gender barrier, kinship barrier, socio-economic barriers to make a simple point. Your brother is the person the Father places in your path who needs you or you need him.
Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 10:25-37; 15:11-32; Matthew 25: 31-46
Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760
Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed
Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.