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'Eastertide' Tagged Sermons

Wait

Y’all, God’s vision for First Christian Church, Grand Junction is an Easter vision. It is new life, life practiced and experienced differently from the ways of the world all around us. Life practiced in a way that might seem like foolishness to the ways of the world. But, like the disciples and their vision of a Holy Spirit poured out upon them, we must wait for this vision to be realized in God’s time, not our time. So we must wait. But let us not get discouraged in the waiting. Instead, let us wait actively, doing everything God asks and requires of us in this time. And let us enjoy the present moment in which we live, instead of pining for a future moment. God offers plenty of reward, right here, right now. And let’s trust in God that God’s great vision will take place at the appropriate time.

God Answers

Then came Elijah’s turn – God’s turn. Elijah prepared an altar and placed wood and meat on it, and Elijah prayed to God, “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” And sure enough, God answered. God answered and made it clear once and for all who the Israelites should worship. Pretty awesome moment, right?

“Many Imperatives; One Commandment”

If you want to love, all you have to do is place the needs of others – all others, even the most difficult and especially the most needy others – above the needs of yourself. Folks, THAT’S love. It’s not really all that complicated. If you really believe you are doing what is in the best interests of others, you are loving. If WE – if CHURCH – really acted in the best interests of others instead of getting caught up in all the others stuff that for some reason so occupies us, I have serious doubts that very many people at all would say we’re more about the organizing part of religion than we are about loving. I seriously doubt that many people at all would call us hypocrites.

Abide and Ask

So…there it is, the implications of this amazing metaphor of the vine and the branches: God wants all his branches to bear fruit, to do things that make a positive difference in the lives of other people. And that fruit-bearing, THAT is actually our purpose in life, and it’s the key to living a purposeful life. And the only way to bear fruit is through a connection with Jesus – don’t fool yourself into thinking there’s any other way. And the way this works is to develop a relationship, a connection with Jesus and to LISTEN to what HE wants and DO that. That’s what Jesus was and is trying to communicate to us through this metaphor.

“Being A Sheep”

Folks, Jesus is the shepherd. We are the sheep. When we get this right, when we live out our role by knowing, trusting, listening to and following Jesus – when we live out our role and let Jesus live out HIS role, life becomes SO MUCH BETTER.

Our Response to Resurrection

Y’all, it’s so simple, and yet it’s the secret to life. Every time you try to live for yourself or a few select people who are in your family or are otherwise your favorites in life, you are rejecting the power of resurrection. ONLY when you choose your primary identity to be a follower of the RESURRECTED one will you truly live in response to resurrection, will you truly LIVE.