Fr Seraphim Holland of St Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney Texas. Please check out his church website for more sermons. http://www.orthodox.net/
Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. First a quick summary about the Parable to the Wedding Feast, so that we can discuss the concept of the wedding garment in the context of the pre-festal scripture read: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature” and “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This latter scripture, so well known, but not well understood, tells us that salvation is through belief in Christ. If we understand what a “new creature” is, and the implications regarding our wedding garment, we will understand what “belief” in Christ. Our belief is not cheap, or malleable to whatever whim and fashion of the day holds sway, as in our day. It is wholly a product of us becoming new creatures and glorying in the cross. Matthew 22:1-14, Galatians 6:15, John 3:13-17.