In general, I enjoy most sermons at my church. There’s the occasional Sunday where I just can’t focus or get into it, but for the most part I don’t have to worry about falling asleep or getting antsy for the sermon to end. They’re seriously just good. It’s a major selling point for our church and a big reason that Dave and I attend there. (The other big reason is the music. I wanted a certain type of music, Dave wanted a certain type of sermon, and we landed at Crosspointe.)
This past Sunday’s sermon I enjoyed more than most. I usually leave feeling somewhat challenged or enlightened, but this past Sunday even more so. Pastor Steve was going through the part of Mark where Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane. Not typically a topic that would be of huge interest to me, but Steve really took us in deep, to the point where you could almost put yourself in Jesus’ shoes. And those shoes were intense. For a moment, I could imagine the excruciating turmoil Jesus was feeling (and He wasn’t even at the cross yet). It really opened my mind and helped me to take in all that Jesus experienced. It made me realize that He really does understand what it’s like to feel betrayed by friends or family, to be in anguish, to grieve, to ache. Because at that time, He had, as Steve put it, “lost control” of everything in His life.
Here’s the link in case you’d like to listen. I think I may be playing this for myself again in the future. :)