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And Now, A Word About Seeds
Sermon production is a strange craft. Preaching a sermon in a series like “Jesus Through the Eyes of Mark” begins by wrestling with the text seeking to understand it’s meaning. The next step is determining exactly what message from the text the congregation needs to hear. Finally, the preacher must decide the best way to communicate with his audience. These steps are not so much walked through in sequential order as they are always in my mind as I work on a sermon.
This week’s sermon seemed to be particularly difficult to put together. What do the three seed parables mean when read together? What is the proper interpretation of that strange Isaiah quote where Jesus essentially says he speaks in parables so outsiders will not understand and thus be unable to repent? How does the statement about the lamp and the bowl fit into the three seed parables? What is to be made of the repetition of the words “hear” and “listen”?
As I worked on the sermon it just didn’t seem to be coming together until it finally hit me that since the germ of life is in the seed, and sense the seed is the message, then the seed needs to be envisioned as Jesus himself. He IS the message. Life is found ONLY in him. With that revelation, the message of the sermon took shape.