Monday, May 23, 2011

Because He Lives

I talked with my internship supervisor this morning. He said I might be preaching this Sunday. The gospel text is for this Sunday is:

John 14:15-21
”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
This passage is rich and as some fellow bloggers have already pointed out, there's probably about a dozen different sermons and directions we can go with it. For me today, right now what rings out so loudly for me is the basis of the hope we can have--Christ is risen and lives. Because he lives, "[we] also will live." That is the crux of our hope--the living God.

At the risk of seeming schmaltzy or being taken as a theologian of glory (it's a Lutheran thing), let me share with you the old Gaither song that runs through my mind and heart every time I hear those grace-filled, loving words, "because I live, you also will live." Here is a YouTube of the Gaithers singing "Because He Lives."

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