In ancient Greece, when a contractor completed a work task and considered well done, he reported to his employer, "tetelestai". Jesus' last words before yielding His spirit to the Father was "tetelestai". His assignment was given from all eternity, both the Father and the Son, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, that He, Melech Yehovah Olam, "The Lord King", agreed that He, the Son, would make the way for all mankind, knowing full well before anything or anyone was created, that man, with his free will, would make the wrong choice. But God so loved the pinnacle of His creation, Man, that He Himself was willing to sacrifice Himself for the sake of reconciliation to Himself. That is more than amazing. He truly is The King.
Have you ever had a gnawing, unsatisfied need? Whether it was physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, Jesus knows that need. He experienced it Himself.
Immediately followed by the brightest it's ever been. We're discussing the longest 3 hours of darkness that breathed life back into the existence of humanity.
As we approach Easter, Pastor Nancy explores the sequence of that historic event. Today we take a look at the cross from the point of view of the thief that asked Jesus to remember him.
No real connection of the snowstorm to God, but I just thought I'd throw that in. The fact is that we did have a rather significant storm roll through which caused our Ash Wednesday service, which kicks off the season of Lent, to be cancelled. Long story short, Pastor Nancy wanted to do something a little different in the order of service, so this recording is the entire service, from beginning to end. We hope you enjoy "participating", in a sense, with us. We've included the time of reflection, which you'll notice near the end of the service. God bless, and pray you have a great week.
So sorry for the late posting; we're still in our post Easter messages and discussing the raising of Lazarus. We've got to understand where our future is headed.
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.
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