Pride comes before the fall. We can see it so clearly in the arrogance and actions of Haman. He goes to extraordinary lengths to put Mordecai down. And yet, in a seemingly coincidental and certainly ironic turn of events, Mordecai gets the honor and Haman thought he was getting. Instead of getting honor from the king, Haman got the death he had prepared for Mordecai. Pride certainly comes before the fall. Pride is such a dangerous thing to us too. Haman’s pole, his gallows, would be our death too. This is where the story turns for Haman, for Mordecai, for us. At this pole, at our Savior’s cross, our history turns and instead of dishonor, the King delights to honor us. A sermon on Esther 6.
Mordecai saves the king, but is not recognized. Haman is somehow promoted. Thus begins the war between Mordecai the Jew and Haman the Agagite. The scene is set. Nothing is by chance. In circumstances like this we often complain that God is not fair, that God is unjust, that God is absent, or even worse that God is evil. But we are still in the middle of the story as were Mordecai and the Jewish nation (also back in Jerusalem!). We cannot see the end of things from the middle and must walk by faith, not by sight. God intends to save and protect his people in Christ and ultimately to destroy those who wickedly remain opposed to Christ. There is no power, no enemy, that can thwart God’s electing purpose. We, too, like David in Psalm 16, can praise God because he has made our lot secure in Christ.
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The resurrection of Jesus is everything. It is that on which we stake our hopes. It is that which gives our lives meaning. It is that which assures us that our guilt is gone and our sin is forgiven. And the list goes on. The resurrection of Jesus removes the if from our lives so that we can live with resurrection courage and confidence. Listen in as Pastor Bourman takes us into 1 Corinthians 15:12-28. The Spirit will raise you up in your spirit.
We all want our lives to mean something. We want to have purpose for our lives, hope for each day, and joy as we live our lives in this world. We all want life in color. We’re starting a new series called: Life in Color. In this series we’re going to stare into the tomb of Jesus and find that it’s empty. He’s not there! He is risen, just as he said. But that doesn’t mean the resurrection. The resurrection is full of countless blessings. Listen in as we dig into 1 Corinthians 15.
We all want our lives to mean something. We want to have purpose for our lives, hope for each day, and joy as we live our lives in this world. We all want life in color. As we begin our Easter celebrations, Pastor Bublitz asks us the question that was asked of the women: Who are you looking for? A sermon on John 20:1-18.