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Lord of the Lonesome Blues

Sermon: Listen to Lord of the Lonesome Blueslonely man surrounded by trees
Scripture: John 7:1-8

You can be lonely at a party. You can be lonely in church. You can be lonely at a family reunion. The presence of people doesn’t take away loneliness. Loneliness comes from the absence of a sense of meaningful, loving connection with other people. Even though Adam had God Himself, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone…” (Gen. 2:18). As Johnny Cash said, “Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need.” Rev. David Balzer explains how John 7:1-8 shows that Jesus is the Lord of the Lonesome Blues. His loneliness was not just a result of His mission here on earth but it was essential to His mission. He came to taste loneliness so that He can empathize with us as our High Priest who prays for us. But He also came to be the deepest kind of lonely in our place. His loneliness and rejection in His earthly life and ultimately at the cross would secure togetherness and rejoicing for all who trust in Him. The Feast of Tabernacles, the context of our passage this week, was a great celebration that was a picture of what all who trust in Jesus will experience fully at His return: the opposite of loneliness.

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