Sermons on Questions
How can one be sorrowful yet also be rejoicing? The key is knowing that though life is hard and painful, God is good and we are able to rejoice in Him. “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis
Peter needed to understand what is required to follow Jesus. The paradox is that in order to find his life he had to lose it. This requires a change of mindset; take your mind off the things of man and put it on the things of God.
A paradox is one truth along side a seemingly contradictory second truth. How do we deal with two truths that seem to contradict each other? Scripture presents many paradoxes, and we will explore how to deal with a few of them in this new series.
One could say that Peter’s relationship with Jesus was an emotional roller-coaster, moments of historically spiritual highs and lows. We often project Jesus as having a negative attitude toward our failures, but we see from His relationship with Peter that isn’t the case. Offer your whole self and be redeemed by Jesus to be used for His good.
Jesus asks, to what benefit is gaining the world? We must understand that Christianity is not a warm blanket, it is the Cross. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me, Jesus said. It is the only repair for our broken happiness-detector. Choose Jesus and be transformed.
Who do you think Jesus is? That is a question with an enormous impact. He is Lord and Savior.
God asks Elijah, “what are you doing here”. Truth is after facilitating a remarkable miracle showing Israel that there is only one true God, Elijah then runs in fear. God asks that question to bring us to know that He is here, we are not alone. Listen for Him. He often speaks in a still quite voice.
It is good to ask questions, they help us understand ourselves better. When God asks questions it helps us know ourselves better and it helps us know Him better. When the Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army God asked Moses, “Why do you cry out to me … go forward.” Sometimes that is what we need to here. Have faith, trust in Him and move forward.