Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
August 13, 2017
On vacation we rented a cabin at a resort. The beach was the gathering place for six days of beautiful weather. But after only a few hours I wondered if there was any sand left at the beach. It all seemed to be in the cabin. The foot washing tub, the towels at the door — nothing seemed to work. Sand was everywhere. It was impossible to stay ahead of it with eight people in the cabin. We live in a world of sand, but in a theological sense we call it evil.
We start a four-week series on Revelation. It is a letter written to God’s people to keep them strong, to worship only one God, and to encourage them to hope even when it is hopeless. The message of Revelation: God will redeem this world. Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord God Almighty, Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is to Come. In the face of this life’s day to day evil, can we remain faithful?
Rob Bell’s latest book, “What is the Bible?, has an analogy with Revelation. Imagine you are a cancer victim and you are struggling to live. The pastor comes in and says, “Life is a box of chocolates.” This is not a particularly helpful statement. Life is just a gamble left to fate? We believe life is filled with evil, but we have a hope in God in the person of Jesus who redeems this world. And we are called to live in that hope.
Last week I fought the sand. It was a battle and I did not win. In our journey of faith, I pray we can hold on to the hope we have in Jesus as we fight the battle with evil every day. Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord God Almighty, Who Was, Who Is, and Who Is to Come. Amen.