Do we have a TGI Friday attitude toward the cross? This Easter sermon challenges our cool detachment toward the cross: Keep it on the steeple. Put a bronze one on the altar. Hang one in the baptistry. At least let it get no closer than a nice piece of jewelry. But if we really undertand the cross, we know that it was our sin that put Jesus there.
The focal point of this message is the challenge to place or renew our faith in Jesus. When we do so, wel discover what it is to live life to the fullest. We discover that paradox that in losing yourself to Christ's love and grace in the service of others, you find yourself in the abundant life you were created to live!
Is there really a resurrection? Jesus taught that there was, and He was raised from the cold grip of death Himself! According to this Easter sermon, we must run like Peter and John did to see about news this good. If true, nothing will ever be the same again.
The promise of Easter morning, according to this sermon, is that in spite of the reality of pain, suffering, death, disappointment and defeat; in spite of all the hurt of the world in which we live, one day all God's children will pick up their tambourines and dance.
'John tells us that one day a train screeched into the station called Israel. Jesus got off, and he told the milling crowds, the tired tourists wondering which train to take next, that His train was headed to a fabled land, a kingdom where the mountains climb for miles.' This Easters sermon invites us on a journey of hope.
In a million pulpits around the globe this Easter Sunday, preachers are proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. So what? What difference does the resurrection of Jesus make? This sermon boldly asks and confidently answers this most important of questions.