Easter is not a call to return to the way things were. It is a reminder that in Christ’s resurrection, God’s love wins out over death. It is an invitation to see ourselves redeemed in the reflection of God’s grace, as we hear our name called by the risen Lord, that we may go forth to share the good news, that Christ the Lord is risen today!
We are so quick to point out the faults in others, especially as it gives us a beneficial leg-up or increase in personal well-being. But Jesus refuses to engage with those who skew the Biblical word for personal gain. On which side of the proverbial line in the sand do you stand?
In the flood, God intended to ‘fix’ humanity and creation. Instead, post-flood, we remain just as broken, but with God’s covenant promise to be our eternal hope and healing.
In a week where hope seemed hard to find, and the prophet bemoans the worship of God’s people, it is God’s “but” that indicates the promise of God’s justice.
There are many who write as if heavenly infallible regarding predestination, but the topic is far to mysterious to claim perfect knowledge. In this sermon, Wesley offers only “a few shorts hints,” which perhaps may cast some light on the Romans text regarding predestination.
In re-preaching John Wesley’s sermon, one is able to see that becoming justified to God is the foundation of our hope. Truly no person can be at peace or have joy if they are not reconciled to God.
The promise and good news of Easter isn’t about what God has done, it’s about what God is still doing. It’s about God’s replicated grace, unending, and unmatched. He is risen!
The disciples were losing hope of Jesus’ future after a successful start to the week, which began with shouts of Hosanna! But in the breaking and pouring of a jar of alabaster over the head of Christ, the week begins to shift.
The story of Job calls us to remember that the darkness that mimics the grave – a place where in we think there is no hope, no life, no light, and no future – is the very place God brings forth new life for all.
This is Transfiguration Sunday, and it calls us to do nothing more and nothing less than lay at the ground before the Almighty, to listen to the voice of the Messiah, and to receive the great empowerment that comes from the touch of the Creator.