Boy, was this Easter a busy one!! Sunrise Service (or should I say overcast service) at Lake Coffee Mill at 7 AM. I am not a morning person and I needed to get excited about telling the resurrection story out of the Gospel of John at approx. 7:10 AM in 45 degree weather with a slight wind. There were about 20 people there and that was their Easter morning service.
I also noticed that during the morning service in the sanctuary there were alot of sleepy eyes. This frustrates me to see this. Everywhere I look people are heavy eyed, bobbing their heads, drooling on thier neighbor, getting elbowed by their wives, and even snoring. When Jesus tells the women in Matthew to go and tell the disciples about His resurrection, they consider the women's testimonies as nonsense, they refused to believe. I wonder at times when I am preaching God's Word if the disciples I am preaching to are treating it the same.
The Gospel of Mark says that Jesus reproached them for disbelief and hardness of heart. Should I pound on the pulpit more, make balloon animals, sparkle up the presentation? If we all would tell the truth why we come to worship, do you think some would say, i am doing my weekly duty and punching in for the week? What do you expect from me?
It is then that Jesus gave the Great Commission to "make disciples." That is what He wants from us!!