Easter is such an extraordinary story, that it does not really need embellishments, or illustrations. Today, I propose to just tell the old, old story again. Three times. But in a new way.
Are we alive…in Christ? Can people tell? Do our long, dead dreams stand a chance to dance?
Here today is a story about UNforgiveness. We’re going to be looking this morning at family dysfunction (and in this case…it carries over to the whole nation of Israel : so bad that it tears tribes apart.
~ Nursing grudges, pricking wounds, and judging harshly…are not what our faith is all about. And yet….too many of us don’t get that.
That’s why Obadiah wrote his book. God had to speak through this prophet to those who hold on to their anger…rather than forgive and love.
As we continue deeper into our Lenten Journey, it seems fitting to consider how we are often wounded by the world. Christians and non-believers alike find the slings and arrows of fortune tearing us, hurting us, making us sick. And so we need help.
Eat, drink, and be merry…for tomorrow we die!
Today’s sermon is an ironic word, but an appropriate beginning to Lent. This is a sermon which opens with dark dread, but closes with the glory of Easter on the Way.
The story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers models real forgiveness. Joseph shows us that fast forgiveness isn’t real forgiveness … that real forgiveness takes time … that forgiveness is the fruit of a growth process …
Here is the perfect word to set up our entree into Lent. The lyrics: “Lord, look at all the lonely people!”.....could be an anthem… for Jesus.
As you and I anticipate drifting alone… into the dessert and communing with scorpions, let us too realize that, even in the heart of the wilderness..ahead… we are not alone.
There …in the barren, brutal wilds…we best find ‘the heart of God’.
With St. Valentine’s Day on the way it is time (it’s always time!) to ‘grow in love’. But, in order to do that we have to ‘catch a glimpse’ of a love that inspires: lifts, heals, and overcomes (all things)!
To put the sacred text today…into the secular words of Winston Churchill, “Never give in. Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never!”
God's message to the world in Jesus… is unmistakable.
Come, let us listen....for an earth shattering....Heavenly....Hallelujah!
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