And He Walks With Me

Pastor Juno looks at the story of two disciples on their way to Emmaus and reminds us of who Jesus is and that He is always with us.

Scripture: Luke 24:13-32

Overcoming

This Easter, Pastor Juno concludes our series “From Darkness to Light” by focusing on who Jesus is and why we celebrate his resurrection.

Scripture: Matthew 28: 2-6 & John 16:33

Easter 2018: Because He Lives

Using his personal journey, Pastor Juno reminds us that the crucified Christ has risen from the dead! Because He lives we can face tomorrow!

Scripture: Mark 16:6

Easter

The miracle of Easter didn’t just happen 2,000 years ago. Rather, the impact of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus affects our everyday reality. No matter who you are, what you have done or haven’t done, your successes or failures, the power of the resurrection and the hope we have in Jesus transforms our current situations today.

Scripture: Romans 6:3-11

I am… The Resurrection

In the middle of the story where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he says “I am the resurrection and the life”. We take a look at our core belief in the resurrection on the last day, but also emphasized that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us today. This means that God is currently working to resurrect the dead parts of our life, now.

Scripture: John 11:17-27

The Body You Always Wanted

After correcting the Corinthians denial of the resurrection of the dead, Paul now anticipates their (and probably ours, too!) next question: “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”

By using multiple analogies, Paul shows them that we see the possibility of physical resurrection all around us- specially in how a bare seed is planted into the ground and then come up as a new, beautiful plant. So, goes the future resurrection of our own bodies.

Paul then reminds and encourages the readers how the continuity and discontinuity of their future resurrected body changes the way they view death and live now. Understanding death to be the last enemy to be destroyed, we grieve at death but as those not without hope because we know that we’re getting our bodies back. Furthermore, not only our bodies, but also our service for Jesus will even be resurrected.

This is why Paul ends this dense, abstract, but spectacular 58 verse chapter with these closing words: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

YOLO?

Millions of Americans – and millions of Christians- imagine heaven to be a spiritual, non-physical realm where we sit on clouds, play a harp and sing songs forever. The Church in Corinth 2,000 years ago didn’t think much differently.

Though they believed Jesus was raised from the dead, they did not believe everyone else would be raised from the dead in the future. Along with their culture, they desired to escape from this physical world, believing it was simply bad, painful, and filled with suffering and decay.

Paul shows the Corinthians the absurdity of their denial in the resurrection. More importantly, he tells them that what they believe about the ultimate future shapes how they live now.

And the same goes for us today. Because Jesus has been raised from the dead we can trust that God will do the same for us. This provides us with the motivation to engage in physical acts of mercy as we provide a foretaste to the world of what God will eventually do in redeeming our bodies and creation. The resurrection is what allows us to live risky lives with complete freedom — and freeing us from becoming enslaved to a ‘YOLO’ culture.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-34