"An Opportunity To Reboot!" (Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52)Rev. Dr. Marjorie E. Nunes, December 30, 2018
Part of the Christmas series, preached at a Sunday service
To Reboot is to start (something) a new; to refresh (something) by making a new start or creating a new version. I will focus my preaching on the Colossians 3:12-17 scripture. I believe that this scripture is certainly going to help to “Reboot” our spiritual and emotional life. The list of five virtues in verse 12 ("compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience") are found elsewhere in the Pauline epistles to designate actions/characteristics of God or Christ. These "virtues" describe the character of active Christian living as God's chosen people who are called out of the ordinary realm of human existence to be especially dedicated to God as loves them and because God loves them.
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12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV)
41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (KJV)