Sun, 31 March 2013
March 31, 2013
The Story Continues
Synopsis: Today I begin a short series presenting the words of the four Advent candles in the context of the resurrection. HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE take on new meaning as the story of the resurrection continues. The things we anticipated in the Advent to Christmas come to life in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
HOPE lives because of the resurrection. Death is denied. The past is just that, past. Hope is frightening! It is uncertain, challenging and we often question whether or not we are up to the task. The death of Jesus Christ ended the power of the past as the resurrection opened the door to a future full of potential. Jesus’ agonizing cry from the cross, “It is finished!” still echoed in the minds and hearts of His followers until Sunday. On that day a new cry arose among believers. “He lives!” Because hope lives the story continues.
Do you member the acrostic I used in my sermon on the first Sunday of Advent last December? HOPE: Help Other People Experience Emmanuel. Help Other People Experience the resurrected Jesus Christ. Help Other People Experience HOPE.
Scripture Text (NLT): Mark 16:1-8;
Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-8