Sermon Illustrations

“Life is Beautiful” is a film about a little boy with a father who made life in a Nazi concentration camp livable. His father is an exceedingly joyful individual who is madly in love with his wife and his little boy. He shields his son from as much of the horror of the concentration camp as he can by making up a crazy game.

At the end of the movie the boy survives and as an adult reflects upon the time in the camp and the joy brought into his life because of his father and says, “This is the sacrifice my father made for me”. That sacrifice made life joyful in the midst of despair.

Christ’s sacrifice has brought joy to lives in despair. What joy there is to be found in the death and resurrection of Jesus! Don’t we want to know all we can about this truth? The apostle Paul did.