What if JesusHad Not Risen?

The sermon today began with the question, What if Jesus had not risen? As described in the lesson, the world would be a very different place. However, since Jesus did rise from the dead the sermon ended with another question: How does belief in Jesus’ resurrection change your tomorrow?

Everyone was invited to briefly write their answers on small cards which were provided. After the cards were collected a sampling of them were read to the congregation. Many wonderful thoughts were expressed and it was a joy to read them one after another. However, one answer was repeated more often than another other. It was a single word: Hope!

“Hope” was my first thought as well. The beauty of Christianity is that no matter how bad life may become nothing can take away our hope. There is no economic slowdown, health crisis, governmental corruption, or anything else that can remove what God has made possible for us through the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Because of our hope in Jesus’ resurrection we can be positive about life, even when everything looks negative. In a world full of fear, worry, stress, and anxiety God offers joy, peace, comfort and hope. Let’s keep proclaiming the Easter message through out the year. It is a needed message for a troubled world.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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