It was just before 7 p.m. last night and I felt myself being pulled away from watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, two television shows that give me a minimum mental workout. Like a dripping faucet that you can't shut off, I kept hearing last Sunday's sermon by Pastor Jeff Manion at Ada Bible Church.
His current sermon series is on the Five Days of Jesus that lead up to the day that he is crucified. He is essentially retelling that part of the story from the Bible and trying to show how it gives us a window into the heart and actions of the person we celebrate on Easter Day. Keep in mind, he's human and he is also God. He's God in skin.
While I heard on the TV, contestants telling Pat Sajak, give me this or that letter, I read about Jesus passing through Jericho and then going over to the Mount of Olives where he paused to look down on Jerusalem.
During the sermon, Jeff Manion said, it was his prayer that during the sermon series that we would understand him more, that we would feel some of the same things he felt, see some of the same things he saw and that we love and trust him more.
I really want to give this a chance. For far too long, my view of Easter has been numbed by hearing it all my life. I need to concentrate more on the "so what" of what happened as recorded in the Bible. My view of Easter started to be shaped by a Bible story book read to me when I was a small child. The problem is that it probably hasn't changed much as I have gotten older.
Here's a link to a clip from the sermon.