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The Wonder of Easter

Easter Festival

The Wonder of Easter

Text: Luke 24:1-12

I wonder.  I wonder if you have ever seen anything so amazing before.  It would have taken a forklift to pick my jaw back off the ground.  I was so filled with wonder and awe that I didn’t know what to say.  I didn’t know what to do.  I didn’t know where to go.  I just stood there, filled with wonder.

                  Have you had that feeling before?  Maybe you stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon looking at the bottom a mile and a half below and at the other edge 15 miles away.  Wow!  Maybe you stood at the foot of the Rocky Mountains looking at a peak 14,000 feet above you.  Wow!  Maybe you get that feeling every time you stand on the beach and watch the mighty waves come crashing down on your feet.  Wow!  Maybe it was watching the miracle of childbirth.  Wow!  I’m sure that at some point in your life you have been filled with jaw-dropping wonder and amazement.

                  Yet I’m not sure you could comprehend the wonder I saw.  In fact, when I was first told about it I didn’t even believe it.  It sounded too good to be true.  Some friends told me that they had seen it with their own eyes.  That still didn’t convince me it was possible.  After all, it was a group of ladies that told me what they had seen.  And you know how women can be.  Once they start talking, then they start getting excited, then they start exaggerating a little bit.  My ears heard what they were saying, but my mind didn’t understand it and my heart didn’t believe it.  I had to see it with my own eyes. Read the rest of this entry

Daily Devotion on Luke 24:36-49

Devotion Text: Luke 24:36-49

Anticipation is an exciting thing.

Think of your childhood–that summer trip to Disney World or counting “how many sleeps” to your next birthday. Even now, most of our lives are spent anticipating one big event after the next. We hardly know what we’re doing while we’re concentrating on what we’re going to do next!

Yet, anticipation can also be a dangerous thing. Parents know the sadness of a child who gets all worked up for something that doesn’t live up to its billing. We, too, can anticipate something so strongly that the rest of our lives lose their flavor and the event itself ends up as a let down.

Imagine the Jews, anticipating the savior for centuries! Over and over again, they heard that he is coming soon! In their anticipation of the Messiah, they lost the true meaning of the event. When Christ, the true Messiah came, they missed him and did not appreciate him. Their anticipation was so great, that the actual event was a let down in their eyes.

Jesus, after his resurrection from the dead, reassured his disciples that their anticipation was not in vain. By raising from the dead, Jesus provided his followers with a new hope, a true hope of life eternal in heaven. It was not the flashy overthrow of the Romans that the Jews had been waiting for, but it was a toppling of sin, death and hell.

Looking back, it was clear to those disciples that Jesus was what they had been waiting for all those years. Though the event itself seemed to pass by in an instant, Jesus fulfilled everything that the prophecies said he would do.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, thank you for fulfilling every single prophecy as proof of who you are. Forgive all of the times I have doubted you or have spent more time asking for your blessings than thanking you for the blessings you have given me.

Sermon on Luke 24:44-53

Ascension Sunday

Witnesses of Christ the King

Text:  Luke 24:44-53

Intro

I’ve witnessed some amazing things in my life.  I’ve stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon.  I’ve stood 15,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains.  I’ve gazed at Mt. Rushmore.  I’ve seen hurricane force winds blow trees sideways.  I’ve watched Michael Jordan play basketball in person.  I’ve sat next to Hall of Fame baseball player Reggie Jackson in my own car.  I’ve been present for the marvel of childbirth twice.  Most recently, I’ve seen my wife give birth in 31 minutes and I’ve seen the Lord pluck my daughter out of the depths of hell through the waters of baptism.  I’ve witnessed some amazing things in life.

I’m sure you have your favorite memories and moments that you have witnessed, too:  the extraordinary sights of God’s creation or the wonders of human invention or the unique achievements of your family and friends or that certain celebrity you always wanted to meet.  I’m sure you have witnessed some amazing things in life as well. Read the rest of this entry

Sermon on Luke 24:1-12, Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

The Wonder of the Easter

Text:  Luke 24:1-12

I wonder.  I wonder if you have ever seen anything so amazing before.  It would have taken a forklift to pick my jaw back off the ground.  I was so filled with wonder and awe that I didn’t know what to say.  I didn’t know what to do.  I didn’t know where to go.  I just stood there, filled with wonder.

Have you had that feeling before?  Maybe you stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon looking at the bottom a mile and a half below and at the other edge 15 miles away.  Wow!  Maybe you stood at the foot of the Rocky Mountains looking at a peak 14,000 feet above you.  Wow!  Maybe you get that feeling every time you stand on the beach and watch the mighty waves come crashing down on your feet.  Wow!  Maybe it was watching the miracle of childbirth.  Wow!  I’m sure that at some point in your life you have been filled with jaw-dropping wonder and amazement.

Yet I’m not sure you could comprehend the wonder I saw.  In fact, when I was first told about it I didn’t even believe it.  It sounded too good to be true.  Some friends told me that they had seen it with their own eyes.  That still didn’t convince me it was possible.  After all, it was a group of ladies that told me what they had seen.  And you know how women can be.  Once they start talking, then they start getting excited, then they start exaggerating a little bit.  My ears heard what they were saying, but my mind didn’t understand it and my heart didn’t believe it.  I had to see it with my own eyes. Read the rest of this entry