SERMONS


Wheat & Weeds: Anticipating the Harvest at Sanctuary

I have always loved stories. As a child, I would spend many hours devouring books and movies, and would often read some of my favorite books and watch my favorite movies over and over again. Not much has changed in adulthood. There is something about a good story that helps to capture our imagination, to communicate ideas that we don’t see in other ways, and even, on occasion, to encourage us to see the whole world differently. Jesus told lots of stories during his earthly ministry, stories about farming, fishing, shepherding, and so on. But, these stories weren’t really about farming, and fishing, and shepherding; they were about something much, much bigger! In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the Parable of the Weeds, the story of a master who planted a good crop, but an enemy comes in the night and spreads weeds among the good seed. When confronted about the situation, the master decides on a plan: he does not have the weeds pulled-up right away, but he promises that he will deal with them at the time of the harvest. What does Jesus mean by this story? What is it that he’s trying to communicate to the people listening? I’ll give you a hint: for the Christian, the harvest isn’t something to be feared. The harvest is good news! As Christians, we know that this world is God’s good creation, but we also know that sin has corrupted it. There are weeds everywhere! But, God has never been content to leave it so. After the fall of Adam and Eve, God promised that he would send a savior, who would redeem this fallen world. That savior is Jesus. He came into this world, he died and rose again, and when he ascended, he promised that he would come back, that he would finally and completely conquer over sin, death, and the power of the devil. It is of this reality that Jesus speaks in the Parable of the Weeds. The harvest is coming, and this is good news! Vicar Jeff Schoettlin