Summary: In the midst of the pandemic, In the midst of Jesus being crucified, where do you find Hope?

Sermon- Easter Advent 2 - 2020

- Hope

- How often do we step back & look at how great our God is?

- In looking at second day of Advent for Easter, this day stands for Hope.

- As Jesus was going to the moment He was going to be Flogged By Rome, then

crucified, & placed in the grave. I would look at these moments & say there’s no


- To be beaten, up to a hundred times by Roman soldiers, & then crucified.

- Looking from the outside in. It would look like a tidal wave the size of the

Empire State Building is getting ready to plow you over.

- But this isn’t a mere man that this was going to happen to.

- This is God in the flesh, Jesus Christ.

- Although He has all the power to stop any of this, He Instead tells the Apostles,

John 10:17-18

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Q- Why did Jesus choose to die?

- It’s because He had hope.

- I know you’re going to say, wait a minute, He didn’t have hope, He knew He

would rise again.

- Ahh! You just got exactly what Hope looks like for us!

- We know, for those who belong to Christ, He will take care of us.

- That’s not something we question, we know it to be true!

- We Hope for it!


- Through God, we know that everything is going to be okay.

- Well, One little boy questioned that,

> Inspired

A boy was watching his dad, a pastor, write a sermon. “How do you know what to say?” asked the little boy.

“Why, God tells me.”

“Oh, said the boy, then why do you keep crossing things out?”

- I can look at our current situation, & say I don’t know if this will get better or worse,

but I know that in the end it will be better!

Q- Why?

- It’s because that’s what I Hope for.

Romans 8:28

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

- When we think about what good could come from this virus. I admit, it looks grim to

see a silver lining.

- Then, If you’re looking for it, you see God’s Glory/hand.

- The doors of our church are shut, but God’s Sermon was viewed 195 times.

- We needed C95 masks, & 5,000 were found in a Cathedral in Washington state.

- Satellite pictures showed the fog of pollution had dissipated from over China

during the lockdown.

- In the most subtle of movements God is showing to us He is still in control.

- His Word will not be stopped!

- He will protect His people!

- This is still His creation, & He will use it for His purpose.

- In an instant the businesses shut down, the planes stop flying, & even the

amusement parks shut down.

- That’s power, & that is our God.

- The Psalmist writes in Plasm 62:1-8

Psalm 62-1-8

1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

- Imagine the mischief devised against man. There are so many things we can cry out

to God about that are wrong.

- We could question why this is happening, not just this virus, but all the bad stuff.

- In the end we must agree that they will be slain, put away, & removed from out of

our way!

- That’s Because Jesus is our Salvation, our Redeemer, our High Tower, our ever

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