You never quite knew when the Bishop would come breezing through the Dubose Conference Center on Monteagle Mountain, Tennessee. I worked there on “permanent staff” for three of my college summers. The sermon title was his typical greeting when he saw me. I remember it (now) with affection and a smile.
Mephibosheth was the last remnant of the household of Saul. He was the son of King David’s supreme friend, Jonathan. He was crippled, “smitten” in both feet. David brought him into the royal fold and restored to him the property of his father and grandfather.
It’s the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, his “life group.” He has just finished an astounding recalibration of the core ritual around which Israel’s self-understanding was built … The Passover Seder meal: “This is my body broken for you. This is my blood poured out for you.” And the response to this mind-blowing, life-altering sermon … an argument at the dinner table over who among them was going to be ranked the highest when Jesus became king.
Wonder how all this fits together? Me too! I’ll say my prayers. You say yours. And on Sunday we’ll see how it turns out! Thy Kingdom come!
This sermon was preached at 8:00 am and 10:30 am on Sunday, August 4, 2019.