Sunday Sermon Recap!
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11:44AM
David McElrath

Good Wednesday to you.

I often ask people (young and old), “What do you want to be if you grow up?” Most catch the humor of “if,” but not all. Still, it is an important question. Each of us is in the process of “growing up.” Ideally, we model ourselves after those we respect and admire. How many of us really want to grow up to be like Jesus?

 

This past week we commemorated Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered that city amidst the accolades of His followers, He knew. He knew those same voices would soon be calling for his crucifixion. He knew his closest friends would abandon Him. He knew one of them would betray Him. He knew He would be arrested, tried convicted and sentences to die a most hideous death on a cross. He knew. He did it anyway, motivated by love which was manifested is sacrifice and service. He gave rather than get. He served rather than be served. He was obedient rather than dominant. He did it for you and me.

 

Here is a person, Jesus, I respect and admire. Here is someone whose courage, commitment, dedication, service, sacrifice and obedience to a higher call inspires me to be a better person. Can you imagine what our community would look like if we all aspired to such greatness?

 

What would happen if we sought to live the example Jesus provides, seeing every person as someone created in the image of God? And if we encounter someone that defies our sensibilities, rather than condemn or criticize, what if we hoped that they might see the image of God in us?

 

Holy Week is a somber week for Christians. The burning of the cathedral of Notre Dame only adds to our lament. As sad as we may be, we have reason to hope. Jesus gives us that hope. He knew, and gave/served/obeyed out of love.  Striving to see others as being made in God’s image is key, but more importantly, praying others see God’s image in us. Let’s be like Jesus in all we do.

 

Next week we will be celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord! Scriptures will include Isaiah 65:17-25 (Old Testament reading at first service), and Acts 10:34-43 (sermon text).

Article originally appeared on Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church | To Know Christ and Make Christ Known | (http://gmpc.org/).
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