What does a great victory look like? Maybe you can think of a few in the history of the world. Our God knows a thing or two about great victories. The difference is that they may not always look like great victories to our eyes. This Sunday we saw our God never get tired of winning. We win the victory with him.
He lives! The grave is broken. Where, O, Death is your victory? Where, O, Death is your sting? Most of the time its a bad idea to taunt anyone. But on Easter Sunday there is nothing that death can do. Eternal life is a fact. Eternal life is ours in Jesus.
“This is my Son whom I love. With him I am well pleased!” These words thundered over the Jordan River. Maybe the first reaction of the casual people bathing in the cool water that day was to run. But if we take a second to consider those transformative words, we’ll find that Jesus’ baptism and the Father’s words have incredible meaning for us even today. By faith you can take those words to heart. Yes, the Father is pleased with you because of Jesus.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It is a terrible thing for sinners to fall into the hands of the Living God. We will never have to worry about that. Jesus suffered our punishment. We are forgiven.
There are few sights more exhilarating than looking over the peak of a mountain. I suppose some of what make the sight so wonderful is how difficult it can be to climb the mountain in the first place, but even if you are sitting in the comfort of your living room watching the experience in HD, it’s still pretty cool. As you look over the peaks and valleys it’s impossible to see everything in between and difficult to gauge the distance in what you see.
When the prophet Isaiah recorded the picture of heaven and the New Testament church, I can only imagine his excitement. We speak of prophetic perspective when a prophet is given a vision that spans, in some cases, thousands of years. It might bother us to hear about infants dying nestled right next to the heavenly mansion where there is no death, but the prophet just records his vision of the future.
All we know is the suffering of this veil of tears, at least the 2016 version. Every age has had its own struggles. That is why we need to see heaven and the peace that is waiting for us. We continue our End Times sermon series Sundays of Promise under the theme: The Promise of Resurrection.