Summary: I want to explore three simple phrases tonight together: He came, He rose, and He comes…and I believe that as we journey through each of them, all of us are going to find ourselves moving forward into new places spiritually in our lives!
-what are some Easter traditions…favorite candies…(show pic of me in an Easter outfit…and then show one from prom just for fun)
-We laugh at this pic but the reality is, too many of us get stuck spiritually, on the inside…so many other areas of our live progress, our careers, our families, our interests, our relationships, our style…but spiritually we are stuck in the same place we were decades before!
-I want to explore three simple phrases tonight together: He came, He rose, and He comes…and I believe that as we journey through each of them, all of us are going to find ourselves moving forward into new places spiritually in our lives…leaving mullets, white tuxedos, and cheesy mustaches behind!
-(tell story of beach ball in pool)
-Luke 4:14-21…He Came to rescue us…you might be here tonight and you’ve reached for a life, you’ve reached for a relationship, you’ve reached for a dream that was never God’s plan for your life…Jesus came then so He could rescue you now! He came to not just to reconcile us to The Divine but also to a destiny that was born in the heart of Divinity!
Oh Jesus, give me courage to confront this day?
To see these intersections of grace?
Spirit come over me and fill this place
Your victory is all I need, your victory is all I need, your victory is all I need to be
Oh Jesus, give me rest in my unrest?
I love you Lord, but I confess?
Sometimes I may sink?
But You were there to rescue me
(Josh White, Absolution)
-Jeremiah 29:11…He came to rescue us…He came to save us for the plans He created for us…you have a destiny, you have a divine purpose
-even if we live the rest of our lives in earthly obscurity, the fame we seek is the fame of heaven…(Hebrews 12:1-2a)
-(tell the story of the pastor and the neighbors rabbit)
-I’m telling you that story tonight because this is your story, this is my story, we’ve been disappointed in life, some of you are dealing with disappointment now, I know I am…and sometimes it seems like the good people suffer and the dishonest ones gain!
-Psalm 73:1-14…anyone else ever felt this way?
-One of the reasons why the Easter narrative is so powerful is because of how long it was dark and desperate between Friday and Sunday! Jesus could have raised himself from the dead moments after, minutes after…but I believe He wanted His followers to feel the depths of despair, to face disappointment!!! (Romans 5:3-5…the magnitude of their destiny necessitated a depth of character that only deep disappointment could create)
-Psalm 73:2…He rose to remind us…He rose to remind us to endure the disappointment for the breakthrough that will surely come…
-as we pursue our divine destiny and it seems that He is doing the least in our circumstances it is because He is doing the most in us!!!! (Psalm 27:13-14)
-If He had come back yesterday, last week, last month…what would He have found you doing? It’s a sobering question isn’t it? (Luke 14:16-18)