09 Apr Rise: Week 4
Pastor Pete Hartwig
40 days before / Easter to Ascension
Sunday after Easter = depressing. Mothers Day 3rd.
SLIDE: The Cross
The symbol of everything that was wrong with this broken world!
The reminder of your greatest loss.
Symbol of defeat.
The source of your pain.
The cobra wears a mongoose
An earthworm / Robin
Joe Frazier wears Mohammad Ali
Everything you want to forget but are forced to remember
BONNIE & CLYDE
DEATH / LIFE
AD 400. Martyrs with arms outstretched
SLIDE: THE CROSS VS. Jesus FISH
SLIDE: Luke 9:22 Jesus said, “The Son of Man must suffer, be rejected and be crucified and on the third day be raised to life.”
Jesus talked about the cross
Only Chapter 9/24! Crucified all ready!
Other New Testament writers talked about the cross.
SLIDE: 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ~ Apostle Paul
SLIDE: **IMAG: Luke 23:32-47
SLIDE: The Cross
3 act play…
The Cross = Center Prop, Center stage, Central character
Giving the worst and bring out the worst!
my weaknesses and deficits
Revealing the worst…
SLIDE: ACT 1 = “Father Forgive Them”
The lighting goes wider
SLIDE: ACT 2 = “Jesus remember me” -criminal
Jesus, Remember me…. when you come into your kingdom.
SLIDE: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
SLIDE: ACT 3 = the curtain in the temple was Torn in two.
When the cross “won”. It lost!
When the cross did its absolute horrific best.
Behind the curtain
SLIDE: Hebrews 10:19-21
Brothers and sisters, we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.
If Jesus can take “the cross”
and make it into something good.
the cross hatred and violence = a symbol of love
Death a symbol of life
everything wrong in the human brokenness and make it about healing!
He can do that in my life too.
SLIDE: FEET TO OUR FAITH
YOU stand in front the cross.
Hear “Father Forgive Pete” ~ Jesus
2 Thieves. Me too!
Curtain is torn = all blockages to God are removed
Follow Jesus Serve Others
SLIDE: Luke 9:23 then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple up their cross daily and follow me”. – Jesus
WE What if we all…
Leather Jewelry box
I lean into my day… with my cross!
SLIDE: THE CROSS
CLOSE: A few moments in quiet before the Lord