We shift gears away from the “clear eyes” part of this message and we move into the “full hearts” part of the narrative.

There is a crisis of hope in our world today.  Hope being that confident expectation that something good is coming.  Do you believe that?  Do you live it?  Do you face your day with the hope of good coming?

We desperately need union with God to navigate this world gone mad but the world we live in is perfectly designed to combat that union.  In order to find union with God, we’re going to need to learn how to live a different way.  To learn how to live as Jesus did. That’s where we’ll be going in coming weeks.

For now, let us celebrate the vastness of God.  Watch this video.  Let it nourish your soul.  Feel the power of God as you watch the cosmos scroll by.  Realize the power of the God of Creation and know that He has a plan and trust that you are safe and have faith that He is in control…

And now, watch this video from John Eldredge.  Watch and listen closely.  See how your heart is stirred.  See if you don’t remember your love for Jesus when you hear John talking about what is to come…

Easter morning, Jesus walked out of the grave.  The most dramatic illustration of restoration possible.  As John said in the video, the promise Jesus gave was the coming Kingdom – no more death, no more tears, no more pain, no more loss.  Your hearts will be free.  Free from fear and guilt and shame, depression and sorrow.  There will be no more grief.  No more assault.  No more evil.

Imagine with me.  Dream.  Think of the ones you most love.  Forgetting yourself, what would you give to free your wife or your son or your brother of the torment that oppresses them?  What will it be like one day to know your wife in all her beauty, all her gifting, with none of her pain, no battles for her to fight, no condemnation coming at her but just her, glorious and magnificent self, free to be who God created her to be?

What would you give for that?  I imagine some of us would trade our life sacrificially for our wife to have that kind of permanent freedom.

And that is what Jesus did for us.  So, let’s dance and worship and shout!

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