The Pressure of Easter Preaching
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Pastor, do you feel a pressure on Easter unlike other Sundays?
It seems there is an internal pressure to:
- Find an obscure verse.
- Address the story from a new angle
- Reveal new insight in applying the story
- Develop a character like no one else has
- Tell the story in a fresh way
I feel the pressure. Am I alone?
What if we simply preach that Christ was crucified, buried and rose again?
What if we let the Gospel be the Gospel? What if we let truth prevail and the Holy Spirit be the teacher?
What if we drop the pressure and share the truth that God still loves sinners, that the Cross is still enough and that He is calling people to repentance and restoration?
What if we share the glory of the resurrection, not in a way that brings attention to our creativity in preparing a message, but in His humility and grace on the cross?
What if we decrease so the light of the world might increase?
That’s my aim this Easter. Who’s with me?
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