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Called to be messengers of good news and peace

Matthew 14: 22 – 33   Romans 10: 5 – 15
Rev. Dr Sandy Yule
10 August 2008

1. ‘How beautiful are the feet’

Handel’s Messiah and Romans 10:15

‘Happy Feet’

How beautiful upon the mountains (Is. 52:7)

2. When do we need to announce peace?

When there has been war or threat of war

Peace is good news, not to be taken for granted

How does a messenger get the authority to announce peace?

By witnessing or hearing from reliable sources of its arrival

3. For Paul, the good news is the Lordship of the Risen Christ.

In the death and resurrection of Christ, God has triumphed over evil

Sin and death no longer rule over those who are in Christ

This message must be announced with urgency to all

This is no merely temporary triumph, but the inbreaking reign of God

4. Who is this Jesus, who walks on water?

Miracle stories show the power of God

Jesus is here the messenger of peace in the face of threats

Note the context set by the execution of John the Baptist

It is Jesus who feeds the five thousand, establishing peace

5. Peter at least wants to walk where Jesus walks

Jesus offers Peter freedom to walk on water

Jesus catches him when he sinks

They return to the boat

One theme here is the fear of death and the overcoming of this fear

6. What message can we receive and pass on?

The Risen Christ is with us through death and beyond

The powers of this world cannot separate us from Christ

Boats are not to be despised for us who are of uncertain strength

Beautiful feet carry us over seas as well as mountains

© Rev. Dr Sandy Yule, 2008

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