February 8, 2019
19 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
Yes, you read that right. I'm preaching about sex this Sunday. But don't worry. This will be a "P.G." rated sermon. In fact, I suspect parents who have not yet had a talk with their children will want to have their children in church this Sunday. Likewise, older adults, single adults, teenagers, newly married, long-time married, and really everyone needs to explore with us what the Bible has to say about human sexuality. Our culture is so sexualized yet so repressed that we have created an enigma about sex. We want to talk about it, but only in salacious manners. We ignore the deeper issues surrounding sex such as intimacy, love, commitment, and faith. We also ignore the immense value and spirituality of celibacy in singleness and fidelity in marriage.
Jesus was not silent on the issue of marriage, sexuality, and celibacy, but for most of us the only thing we know about these topics are what we've read in magazines, seen in media, or learned by first-hand experience over the years. If we are going to be faithful Christians we must begin to understand the issues surrounding human sexuality. No matter our age, we should be growing in our understanding of this God-given gift of sex.
We hope you will join us this Sunday at First Church OKC as we delve deeper into what Jesus says about sex, how our sexuality is closely tied to our spirituality, and how we are called to live as faithful Christians in a sexualized world. We hope to see you in worship this Sunday at 10:45 am at First Church OKC.