As we have listened to the gospel lessons over the last few weeks, we have been journeying with Jesus and his disciples around and north of the Sea of Galilee.
Over this time, we have seen Jesus do things that are by their nature miraculous, we have heard him say things; some that are so wise and succinct as to be self-evidentially true.
Other statements that if not true in their implications would imply that we are following a mad man but if true mean that everything in reality is changed.
In the last few weeks we have heard of Jesus walking on the water of the lake, healing the Phoenician woman’s daughter, feeding the multitude with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish.
In the gospel lesson today we are with Jesus, walking with his disciples through the district of Caesarea Philippi. It is a place which for a very long time had been devoted to many pagan deities; antiquated shrines to Baal of the Old Testament were observed among shrines to the Greek God Pan, and even Caesar erected a shrine here.
It should be noted that in every time and in every place, in every culture, there is never a lack of gods to worship. Continue reading ‘Sermon – Sunday August 24, 2014/Rev. Richard C. Marsden’ »