Sunday, April 09, 2017

Famous Last Words: Into Your Hands

Steve Dyck:
Friends will care for you if you share your burdens. Learn to ask for help. Don't wait until you're 90.

Delbert Enns pastor 

Blessed Palm Sunday to you! Walk together this special week. From tomorrow to Friday we have a program for you including a paint night. 

Dave Ens 
It was about noon, but it turned dark throughout the land until three o'clock in the afternoon, because the sun stopped shining. The curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces. Jesus shouted, "Father, I put my life in your hands!" After Jesus said this, he died.  The army officer there saw what happened. He praised God, saying, "I know this man was a good man!"  The people who were close friends of Jesus were there. Also, there were some women who had followed Jesus from Galilee. They all stood far away from the cross and watched these things.
Luke 23:44‭-‬47‭, ‬49 ERV

It was a terrible scene of endless pain. He shocked the soldiers with his cry. Not words of despair but the voice of a conqueror. All history hinges on this. 
Just a week before there was the big Hosanna Palm Sunday. 
There was real tension in the air. 

Was Jesus tempted to accept the accolades? When something is said in an exciting way we tend to follow. To act the way the crowds expect? 

The disciples that followed Jesus to the garden - did they think he was getting ready to become king? Are we listening to the right voice? Jesus committed himself to the Father. Trustworthy. Do we trust each other with the intimacy of our hearts. 188 we work with people who have been hurt. 

Carpet layer wanted him to hold the spike while the carpet layer hit it with the sledge hammer. Bad idea. Still have the scar. 

We expect children to trust. It's not rational to trust. We teach our children to pray: if I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take. Is that morbid or what? 

We carry the fear of dependencies. We need to let Jesus take care of it. Father, I put my life in your hands!

This is your will and so it is my will. I trust you Father. I trust you to catch me. 

Hope and trust are intimately tied together. Jesus had hope for new life. Sunday the angels meet the women to ask them why are you looking for the living among the dead. 

We tell everyone that Christ was raised from death. So why do some of you say that people will not be raised from death? But Christ really has been raised from death—the first one of all those who will be raised.
1 Corinthians 15:12‭, ‬20 ERV

There is only ONE who has the power of new life. Do you want to live in that hope? Then we need to live in the trust that the Father is the one who can make all things work for good.

That makes no rational sense that Jesus dying is the way to be saved. Pray that God will give us that hope. 

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