Summary: A sermon about how Jesus will never abandon us.
“God Lives in You”
By Ken Sauer (many ideas taken from a sermon by Lee Griess) Pastor of East Ridge United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, TN eastridgeumc.org
There’s a story about a rookie baseball player just up from the minor leagues who was sent to bat against a great Hall of Fame pitcher in his prime.
Just off the bench and as nervous as someone on his first date, the rookie stepped up to the plate and took a couple of tentative practice swings, as the pitcher glared down at him from the mound.
Then, with a great windup and pitch, he blew two fastballs right down the center of the plate, so fast that the poor kid didn’t even have time to swing his bat.
With that, the rookie turned and started back to the dugout.
“What are you doing?” his manager shouted at him.
“Get back out there. You’ve got another pitch coming.”
“Let him have it,” the rookie said.
“I’ve seen enough already!”
“I give up!”
Have you ever felt that way?
Outmatched by life?
Up against what seems to be impossible odds?
Overpowered by life?
What do you do when life bullies you into a corner?
Where do you turn when trouble traps you?
As those who gather here this morning, as those who believe, we encounter the Resurrected Christ, the One Who has triumphed over the Cross and the grave; the One Who stands eternal before the throne of our Heavenly Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who says to us as He did to His first disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans.”
In other words, “I will not leave you alone.”
“I will not abandon you.”
“You need not feel like a mother-less child!”
To those who love Jesus and obey Jesus’ commands, Jesus promises to send us His own Spirit, His own breath, His own inner life.
Jesus tells us that He will never leave us alone, but He will send us the “Counselor to be with [us] forever—the Spirit of truth.”
“I will not leave you as orphans,” Jesus promises, “I will come to you.”
This is where we find strength in weakness!
We have a Risen Lord!
And God lives in us!!!
Take note though that Jesus says, “The world cannot accept [the Spirit], because it neither sees him nor knows him.”
What a sad, sad world.
What a horrible plight, to feel abandoned, alone and without hope, guidance or comfort.
A year or so ago, I was getting ready to leave the house and was thus trying to get Mary Ellen to “up and adam.”
I had called to her several times, from the kitchen.
Then, I realized I had forgotten something in the back part of the house.
When I got to the back bedroom, I heard Mary Ellen cry out from the kitchen in the most pitifully sad and terror-filled voice, “My daddy has left me.”
It nearly broke my heart.
I ran to her and hugged her and wiped away her crocodile tears assuring her that I would never leave her alone—never!