“Dream” I Matthew 13:10-17
During this series of sermons we are asking the question What Now? After the holidays and the start of a new year, what is next in our lives?
I believe the best way to answer that question is with the imperatives that Jesus gives directly or that are implied in his life and teachings. So far we have considered two: Seek and Grow. This Sunday in our sanctuary worship services at 9:30 and 11:00 we will consider another: Dream.
Jesus’ disciples asked him why he taught in parables and he answered with some words from the prophet Isaiah about listening, but not understanding and looking, but not perceiving. They were words that spoke of a dullness of heart, ears that don’t hear well, eyes that are closed.
He went on to say to them, however, that as his followers they had eyes that indeed did see and ears that did indeed hear. It seems that being a follower of Jesus means to see and to hear and to perceive more deeply and to see and hear and perceive beyond the current realities. There is even this remarkable line
from his words to his followers: “Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Jesus dreamed of, taught and lived a new reality in which God’s will would “be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” He called his followers to dream that dream, as well.
So, what about us?
If we are to be faithful followers of Jesus, then his dream shapes our dreams. In the New Testament book of Acts, Simon Peter interprets the dramatic events of the day of Pentecost by reminding his hearers of the words of the prophet Joel: “I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
Dreams have great power to shape reality. We know this to be true because it has happened and continues to happen all the time.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster