Jesus Is Watching

You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone

Luke 4:8
Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalms 91:1-2,10-15; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

Sermon Week/Year

First Sunday of Lent, C

Late one night a burglar broke into a darkened house that he thought was empty, with the owners away on vacation. As he stealthily slinked toward the living room, a voice suddenly rang out from the darkness: “Jesus is watching you.”

The burglar froze in his tracks, but hoping he had only heard a voice from a passing car, slowly crept forward when again he heard, “Jesus is watching you.”

Now thoroughly spooked, he pointed his flashlight in the direction of the voice as a birdcage with a parrot inside slowly came into focus. In barely a whisper he asked, “Hey little birdie. Was that you who said Jesus is watching?”

“That’s what I said. That’s what a said,” squawked the parrot.

Astonished by the bird’s banter, the intruder probed further, “So what’s your name, Mr. Parrot?”

The bird chirped back, “I’m Clarence! I’m Clarence!”

“What a crazy name for a parrot,” taunted the thief. “What kind of a nut names his bird Clarence?”


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