Our culture wrestles with life after death, and especially with what it would mean that Jesus was killed on the cross and rose from the grave. In 1 Corinthians 15, we see that while culture may disagree, it’s true “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” We can pray “Thy Will Be Done” to our Heavenly Father who has guaranteed our future through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus prayed, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he said this, he breathed his last. Jesus gives himself into the hands of the father. He does not resist God’s will—He trusts God’s will. In everything, we pray with Jesus, thy will be done, as we commit our spirit to God. Our Good Friday message.
There’s something significant when a group of people share a meal together. On the night Jesus was betrayed, as He gave us The Lord’s Supper, Jesus tells us what True Joy looks like and how to find it. God gives you more. He gives you himself. Our Maundy Thursday message.
Palm Sunday was not a day of glory or triumph for Jesus. It was a day of lament, and a day for weeping. From the Gospel of Luke, “When he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it.” Why does he weep? He weeps for the people who have rejected God’s will. He weeps for lost people, but He considers His work on the cross to be joy because it reconciles us to him. He gathers each one of us individually, and all of us together. We have Him and we have each other.
God wants all people to be saved. But do we? Some times our answer is no. How bad does someone have to be for us to judge them to hell? Have you every yelled at someone on the TV, the internet or while playing a game? Every time we fail to see someone as God sees them, we need to confess. Ever time we confess, God forgives us and invites us to see people as he does. We pray to him that he would make our hearts like his.
These are the videos and links we watched and referenced in today's message.
T’Chris the Wiccan — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnBrFiczwzw
Serve During Holy Week — bit.ly/HolyCrossHolyWeek
Cool Video on Serving — https://vimeo.com/225915327
Paul says he prayed three times to God to remove his suffering. For some things, we’ll pray all the more, even begging God to take away our suffering. Where is God in our weakness? Where is God in our struggle? He comes to us in our weakness, and gives us His grace. Whatever you are facing this week, wherever you are most vulnerable, however you are suffering deepest, in the ways you are the most broken, remember this: God makes his strength known in weakness.
What does play-doh have to do with us and our relationship with God? It shows us that God is in control. God is hands on in our creation and in our re-creation and restoration. He holds us in his hands lovingly. Listen as we pray Thy Will Be Done and look at God’s Will and Our Expectations.
Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” We’re really good at praying the first part when we’re staring down a test we didn’t prepare for, or staring at the flashing lights of a police officer busting us for speeding. Can we pray the second part with the same confidence? Jesus invites to trust God and His love for us, as we pray.
Praying “Thy Will Be Done” we remember our past with thanksgiving, our future with hope and entrust our present with expectation. We can pray to God in every moment, knowing he hears us and answers us. Listen to this message with something you can write on or in, because there’ll be a time for you to think about your own thankfulness, hope and expectation.
Sometimes we want to shout “NO!” to God and to His will. In fact, without Him, it’s impossible for us to pray the prayer He teaches us to pray and to utter the words “Thy Will Be Done.” As we begin this Lenten journey, we see God’s faithfulness and how all of His promises for us find their yes in Jesus.