Joni Eareckson Tada; you'll hear about her this morning. So much to be learned as we consider Jesus delaying before going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
This week is the first effort of VIDEOING the sermon. It wasn't planned, obviously, as you will see. So please don't let that distract you as Nancy continues in our post-Easter subject matter. This week focuses on God's sometimes delay in meeting our requests. Sometimes love requires an unanticipated delay.
Jesus, willing to give His life as a sacrifice for all of mankind, has always been Plan A.
Quite frequently Christianity is criticized for being male dominant and chauvinistic. If you're willing to spend even a modicum of time reading the accounts of the resurrection, you'd be hard pressed to make that argument. If it weren't for the women, we'd all still be stumbling around in the dark feeling the wall to find the light switch. Here's this Easter's message; it's a good one.
You know, Israel's kings were not to accumulate horses, a key instrument of military might. They were instructed to ride a donkey. And here is the King of kings, riding into Jerusalem the week of His laying down of His life for us, being born not by just a donkey, but the foal of a donkey. He could have the power of the universe at His command, but no. When He arrived as a babe in a manger, where I'm sure there were sheltered donkeys, the heavens opened and a choir of angels appeared giving praise to the newborn King. And now, at the end, riding in on a foal, praises for this man-God-king explode from the crowd. Praising God; a good lesson for the day.
Sceptics have always been in abundance, particularly when it comes to believing in God in general, and even in Jesus more specifically, let alone His resurrection. And you would think that particularly in this advanced age of technology that all religion would be relegated to the trash bin of myth and allegory. But not so. In fact science is now beginning to answer the age old question of how light which is billions of light years away could have been visible by Adam in 6 short 24 hour days. Hmm...that's a mind bender, but it's true, and we're beginning to discover how that happened. But let's get back to the subject at hand. Jesus rising from the dead. The power of testimony still stands today. Let's take a second look.
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