On 5 March, the first Sunday of Lent, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Matthew 4:1-11.
For some of you listening, Queen Elizabeth II is your head of state. Some of you may have another monarch who rules over you. For others, the idea of a royal family is fascinating even though you don’t have one yourselves. For some in the UK the wish is to be free of a royal family, seeing it as an expensive luxury which serves no useful purpose. Whatever your point of view or country’s political structures, I think you will be able to appreciate that when Queen Elizabeth greets someone from another country at Buckingham Palace or when she goes to visit another country, she is representing not herself but her country, or the Commonwealth in general.
A sovereign or head of state represents their nation and that was certainly the case in Old Testament and New Testament times. Jesus is the descendant of David and was born ‘king of the Jews’ as the wise men said to Herod. As King he represented Israel and in so doing he was able to rectify what Israel had got wrong. God had wanted Israel to be blessed in order to be a blessing to other nations, to be a light to those walking in darkness. In Jesus God’s calling to Israel was finally to be realised. Continue reading