Sermon Illustrations

Max Lucado states this about our term Zoe:

a. Jesus offers zoe, the Greek word for ‘life as God has it.’ Whereas bios, its sibling term, is life extensive, zoe is life intensive. Jesus talks less about life’s duration and more about its quality, vitality, energy, and fulfillment. What the new mate, sports car, or unexpected check could never do, Christ says, ‘I can.’ You’ll love how he achieves it. He reconnects your soul with God. What God gave Adam and Eve, he entrusted to you and me. A soul. ‘The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being’ (Gen. 2:7 NKJV). You, a bipedal ape? Chemical fluke? Atomic surprise? By no means. You bear the very breath of God. He exhaled himself into you, making you a ‘living being’ (v. 7)” (page 117).