God took Ezekiel out to a valley where dry, human bones littered the ground and asked him, “Can these bones live?” Jeremiah had foreseen the destruction that took place there. Jesus used the valley as a metaphor for hell. Yet, the message God gave Ezekiel was a message of hope grounded in the power of God’s Word and Spirit.
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Christians sometimes forget God has promised us a wonderful new heaven and a new earth. But God hasn’t forgotten and His promises are as sure as yesterday’s sunrise.This is the third sermon in the series “Messages of Hope from the Revelation to St. John.”
In Revelation, John writes about a celebration that dwarfs our nation’s greatest—an immense crowd shouting with joy over the saving work of God. Who are these people? Where did they come from? Why are they waving palm branches and wearing white? What are we to make of this vision and how should we understand it? I’ll answer these questions and more in the second of three “Messages of Hope from the Revelation to St. John.”
Strong Christian congregations are marked by loving relationships that go beyond affection and well beyond words. In 1 John 3:11ff. the apostle encourages us to love one another with a love that, rooted in the love of Christ and empowered by the Spirit of God, shows itself in deeds.
The later part of John’s Gospel recounts two times that Jesus came to his disciple and showed them that he lived and had risen from the dead. As Thomas and the others believed, they received eternal life from their God and Lord. These things were written down and preached throughout the world so that you would also believe that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and receive eternal life by faith in him.