Back 2 the Basics — Crossing to the Other Side
In our sermon series we have been discussing going back to the basics. We are currently focusing on the church; however, this week we divert our attention a bit. In light of the recent passing of my dad, I decided to discuss another fundamental element of “the basics” —life and death.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything. Everything is beautiful in its own time, and no one can truly fathom what God has planned from beginning to end. There is a time to plant and harvest, to tear down and to build up, a time to be born and a time to die.
In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus instructed His disciples to get into a boat to cross to the other side of the sea. While in the boat, a terrible storm began to rage. The disciples were terrified and could not understand how Jesus lay sleeping in the boat. They began to question Jesus and His care for them. But when Jesus instructed the storm to be still, it complied with His command and the disciples were amazed.
For us, it is time to get in the boat— not just so we can cross to the other side, but so that we can have victory over the storms of life. We must have more faith than we do fear. So when we are going through hardship and difficulty, we must continue to let our light shine and to press forward.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 — “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”