Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Psalm 1 & Matthew 22:34-46
Our Scripture readings for this week remind us that like boats docked in the harbor, life needs moorings. In whatever time you are living, there are waves that come to rock your boat. An unmoored boat will become damaged and will damage others around it.
To what or whom is your life moored? Can it/they provide a ballast for the ship of your hopes and dreams? Can they/it steady you when the waves of the guilt of your sin and its punishment come crashing in?
The question that Christ puts to the Pharisees, “What do you think about the Christ?”, is one by which they could discern the Supreme Anchor for life. He is the Lord to whom the greatest commandment points. (vs36-38) The Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of the second command (vs39-40). Jesus is both David’s royal son and David’s Lord. (vs43-44). He is the blessed man of Psalm 1 whose delight in the law of the Lord led him to the cross, where he died for his brothers and sisters.
Our thoughts about the Christ begin with these truths about who he is and what’s he’s done on our behalf.
The question, “What do you think about the Christ?”, is answered in the way you treat your neighbor, love your husband, raise your children, perform your job, vote on Election Day; everything you do is shaped by what you think about the Christ.
Our thoughts about the Christ are shaped each time we come to the Lord’s Table where we are reminded that Jesus’ delight in the law of the Lord, became our salvation as he took on our death in order to give us his life.