Today I worked on my sermon prep for the week. Well actually I have been working on it for the last few days; I was actually finishing it up today. One of the things I try to do is find videos to use in my messages. They stir up thought, and they actually help me think outside of the box. Some may think the process is easy but it isn’t, sometimes, this part of my preparation takes longer than anything. This week the message continues on the Sermon on the Mount and I am looking at the passage where Jesus speaks about salt and light.
As easy as some may think it is to find videos that fit into a message context, I am kind of anal, or compulsive about things like this. I want the message to come across clear and I want to be in a way that causes people to think in a new and relevant way. I spent hours over the last 2 days trying to find something that reached out, slapped me across the back, and got my attention, and boy did I find it. In fact it made the whole ordeal worthwhile.
Now understand, I think Christians should be shouting from the rooftops, (in a loving caring way of course) that Jesus is alive and well, we should be letting our light shine so brightly that people in darkness can’t help but take notice. This is in part where love and caring come in.
Now not to get off on a rabbit trail, the video I chose got me to thinking about when Jesus was entering Jerusalem during his last week prior to his crucifixion. The religious folk of the time, much like today, started yelling, telling Jesus to tell those praising him for whom he was to shut up. Jesus responded with something like this, “Ya know what, if I told these people to shut up, all of heaven couldn’t stand it and the stones would start yelling their praises.” Now I know he wasn’t talking about the Rolling Stones, but Jesus knew who the Boss was, and it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen.
Here is my challenge to each person who says they are a follower of Jesus, “Are you letting your light shine?” “Are you excited about who Jesus is and what he has done for you?” “Do the stones have to bring recognition to a living Jesus?” “Do you know who the boss is?”
Now that last question is kind of a good lead into the video. Just click on the video below, if it doesn’t appear, simply click on the link.
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