The Death of a Dream...The Realiztion of a Purpose...

This is acutally my sermon for tomorrow, but I felt lead of the Lord to post it…maybe someone else needs it too….

The Death of a Dream…The Realization of a Purpose

Luke 24:13-45

Today, this Easter Sunday 2008

As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913.The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.

(Taken from an email forwarded to me)

So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

There are many things that we may never see in our lifetime. There are many things we may hope to see, but won’t.

We all have desires & dreams that we hope to see fulfilled in our lives. Many times we have to let those dreams die within us.

Here in Luke, we read of two men, one whose name was Cleopas, who were walking down the road to Emmaus. They were obviously talking together about the events of the day. Many times we think that these two must have been talking together in somewhat of a jubilant manner…but when you look at the context of their conversation with Christ, it’s quite the opposite…

(Read v 18-21) They thought the Christ was to have “redeemed Israel”.

In verses 22-24 we can kind of sense the sarcasm/doubt in their voices as they retell the story of those who went to the tomb…ending with “but him they saw not.”

Jesus, as blatant as he was with the Pharasies during His ministry…calls them “fools”.

Later (v 36-41) we see the disciples’ response to Christ’s appearing. Take note of vs. 41…”And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered…”

Remember…who’s in this group??? Peter & John! The two that went to the tomb and saw that it was empty!

For Three days the disciples had been stewing in the room. Scared of the outside world & what might happen. Weeping because of the death of their friend & Teacher. But also full of self pity because of the death of a dream – the freedom of Israel.

It wasn’t too long before that day that they had sang choruses, laid their cloaks & palm branches down as the Christ rode into Jerusalem sitting on a donkey. They thought that He was their conquering Hero, come to free them from the Romans.

And now they sat. Their Master dead. Their dreams apparently buried with Him. And to top it all off some are claiming the tomb was empty – but the Christ was not seen!!!

Christ called them “fools” and asked “why do thoughts arise in your hearts?”

This Easter Sunday, I want us to take something different from the resurrection of Christ. The Realization of a Purpose!!!

There will be times in our lives that we see dreams die. In one sense, Joyce and I saw that this week. We were really dreaming and hoping for a little girl, but God saw fit to bless us with another son. We had always determined to have four children, so this week we’ve in essence seen the dream of a daughter die. And yet, through it all, we’ve learned to realize that God has a purpose in everything. We have resolved to wait in anticipation to see what God has in store for Paden to accomplish for His Glory. The death of a dream is not the end…it’s the realization of a purpose!!!

Let’s look at another example…Zachariah & Elizabeth. Imagine their lives, dreaming, hoping, praying for a child. All throughout Scripture, children are seen as God’s blessing on your life. Zachariah & Elizabeth could not have children. Imagine how they felt when their ages made that dream die. And yet their resolve to love and serve their God regardless lead Zachariah to be in the temple that day to have a visit by Gabriel, and ultimately see the Purpose of God fulfilled.

The death of a dream isn’t the end…it’s the realization of a Purpose!

That first Easter morning, the disciples realized the Purpose of the Christ! Not to rid the land of Israel of the Romans, but to Redeem all of mankind! Christ “opened their understanding” that day as to the True Purpose!

They dreamed of a “Free Israel”. They were never able to see that dream fulfilled…yet through each of their ministries, they were able to take part in the Purpose of Christ that ultimately lead to us worshipping Him in 2008!

There will be days when we think our dreams are dying…but that’s only so we can step back and realize His Purpose! The only alternative is to sit and stew about that lost dream & not accomplish anything & ultimately miss out on an amazing blessing!!!

So this Easter Morning, as we look back to the Cross & Resurrection of Christ, let’s take something more out of that picture…God has an amazing purpose…even in the most disappointing of times.

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