The first thing for Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh, the Son of God? Loving God is first.And it is as fundamental to our faith as breathing oxygen is to our physical lives. This sermon is taken from the text Matthew 22:34-46.
A homily on the Feast of St. James of Jerusalem.
Moses folds himself up in the cleft of a rock and this strange scene is described in chapter 34. The LORD descends and passes by and as he does words, as if they are brush strokes, painting a self-portrait, are sung like a hymn, declaring God to be full of mercy, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He is unfailingly just, he leaves no sin unpunished. His goodness shown, His name proclaimed. Moses sees the LORD and what else can he do. He does what is the rightest thing in the universe to do, he bows down and he worships Almighty God.
True worship as prescribed by the true and living God is worshiping Him on his terms and not our own. True worship as prescribed by the true and living God is our turning away from ourselves and all created things to worship Him: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. True worship as prescribed by the true and living God is forgetting ourselves and finding ourselves in him. This is transformation.
This Sunday, Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, Primate of Rwanda, led our service. He preached on the essence of the church based on the witness from the early church described in Acts 2:42-47.