Looking Forward to Eternity

Sermon text: Luke 20:27-38

Summary: Some Sadducees approached Jesus with a question they figured would make Jesus look foolish, but Jesus showed them that it really was their question that was foolish. In the process, Jesus teaches us something about the reality and the nature of life in the resurrection from the dead.

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Devotional Thought

Jesus Says, “I Am the Vine; You Are the Branches” (John 15:5)

We all need to feel we belong. We need to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

In calling himself the vine, Jesus wants to give us that connection.

Just as branches receive their life from the vine to which they are attached, Jesus says that we are totally dependent on him. A branch becomes weak if it receives little nourishment from the vine.

Without Jesus, eventually we will die — forever.

Our society promotes an individualism that rebels at this. Unbelievers may even scoff at Christianity. Yet the fact is that everyone lives by some belief. We’re all attached to some vine.

If we’re not attached to Jesus, what is it? For some it’s the human mind. Others look to money or success. Still others draw their strength from other people. In the end, all such “vines” will fail.

Jesus alone has defeated death and can keep us alive forever. Jesus alone can produce in us the priceless fruits of faith he desires.

Jesus produces in us the fruit of prayer. He promises, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). Attached to him, we learn to pray, “Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10). And God’s will is always for our best.

Jesus produces the fruit of joy — not simply a passing pleasure but an eternal contentment.  He says, “I have told you [about my Father’s love] . . . that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).

Jesus also produces the fruit of love: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). The Bible calls love the greatest of gifts, without which we are nothing.

Through Jesus we are intimately connected to the source of life.  In the church we participate in that connection with other believers. Come and celebrate that connection every Sunday!


Devotional Thought

Jesus Says, “I Am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35)

We live in an age of enlightenment — and the time of the announced death of God. People simply no longer believe. Those who do are labeled as weaklings who need a crutch.

God is alive and well. One writer observed, “The most extraordinary thing about the twentieth century was the failure of God to die. The collapse of mass religious  belief, especially among the educated and prosperous, had been widely and confidently predicted. It did not take place. Somehow, God survived, flourished even.”

Yet many people continue to live without him. Perhaps you know someone in such a dilemma. He may be obsessed with his physical health, but he thinks he can get by on a spiritual starvation diet.

He hardly opens his Bible or attends church. He occasionally nibbles on the spiritual junk food of self-help books. Radio call-in shows, TV snatches, and the advice of his friends are about all the theology he gets.

God, who continually blesses the world with food for physical life, has a nourishing spiritual diet prepared for him and us. That’s why Jesus calls himself the bread of life.

The human conscience hungers for righteousness. Jesus gives it. The early Christians knew they had “been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

The heart hungers for love. God declares to his people, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Jesus says that we do not live by physical “bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Jesus satisfies the human yearning for purpose and fulfillment. He fills us with hope and joy and confidence about tomorrow.

Are you hungering to learn more about Jesus?  We have been blessed with the bread of life, and we’re anxious to share him with you every Sunday!