Sermon – February 22, 2015

Path to the Empty TombLetting Go“, by Rev. Mike Holly

Sermon Series: Path to the Empty Tomb

We take our lives for granted, don’t we? We walk around each day not realizing just how much of a gift it is to be alive. Yes, we encounter heartache and frustration. But in the same life, we experience love and friendship. Life itself is a gift. If someone asked you, “how do you build a good life?”, what would you say? To give time and energy to the important things in life? To enjoy every minute of every day doing something that you love? Jesus says something different, and yet the same: In today’s Scripture reading, Jesus says that those who want to have a great life should lose their lives. What does it mean to lose our lives? And how does losing our lives help us to save our lives? The truly good life is lives in relationship with Jesus Christ, following in his footsteps. Today, we’ll explore what that means for us as we begin our Lenten journey on the Path to the Empty Tomb.

~Mike Holly

The Word

Mark 8:31-38

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

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