Saturday, April 21, 2007

Little Johnny

Heard what was a really good Sermon last Sunday. I was particularly taken with its start: “One time in Sunday School a teacher asked her Class to explain Easter. Little Johnny (you know, of Little Johnny fame) raised his hand and with some degree of trepidation the teacher called on him. He then explained Easter by saying that: ‘Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey where He was praised by the people, He had a Dinner with these guys who always followed Him around and then went and prayed. But, one of the guys who followed Him turned Him in to the cops who arrested Him. They took Him to jail where the beat Him and then put Him on a Cross where they crucified Him. After He was dead they took Him down and buried Him.’ The teacher said: ‘Very good.’, and feeling on somewhat safer ground then asked what happened next? To which Johnny replied: ‘Then each Easter Sunday we roll the boulder in front of His tomb aside and if Jesus sees His shadow, we have 6 more weeks of Easter’.” The sermon then took a different path from where my thoughts were. And since I’m writing this blog let’s follow my thought.

I was focused upon the part where he said: “Then each Easter Sunday we roll the boulder in front of His tomb aside…” How often do we celebrate Easter, only once a year and for the 6 weeks thereafter? Or, as we truly are called to do, each and every day, 365 days a year? There it would seem is where we fall woefully short, focusing all to frequently on ephemera. I see our faith strictly as one of Easter and resurrection. Everything else is icing on the cake. God came down from Heaven and became man to redeem His creation and all within it. “He gave His only begotten Son” for your salvation, for my salvation, for the salvation of everyone; and that’s the deal, period, end of statement. We are only left to accept His gift.

Isn't Grace grand?


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