English Sermon (02/07/21) – Beneath the Surface: Enlarge our Souls through Grief and Loss (Matthew 26:36-46)
Oftentimes we may think becoming more like Christ is just coming to church and reading the Bible and while that is true, God wants to transform us and change us on a deeper level, from the inside out. This change requires and occurs most often when we experience grief and loss. The Bible never shies away from or hides grieving. A few examples include the book of Lamentations and Psalms and characters such as David, Job, Jeremiah and Nehemiah. But perhaps the most powerful and encouraging example of this was through Jesus himself. In the garden of gethsemane, Jesus grieved and suffered deeply and as such learned obedience that was part of the Father’s will so that through his death, all sinners may be saved. It’s okay to embrace our grief and loss and doing so is actually part of what makes us human. When we embrace our grief and loss, we can learn to fall to God’s will, fall down on our knees in prayer and to fall into the arms of our community of brothers and sisters who support us and in all this, come to know God more and display the Gospel in our lives.