Third Sunday After Easter – The Power of Hope
Third Sunday of Easter
Online Worship Service
April 18th, 2021
Welcome and Call to worship
- “Oh Lord, Our Lord”
- “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus Our Blessed Redeemer”
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: “Lord of the Dance”
The Scripture: John 24:13-35
Sermon: “The Power of Hope”
Hymn: “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “You raised me up”
- “May The Lord Mighty God”
The Power of Hope
Today’s Gospel is a story of two men from the village of Emmaus who Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. They were sad for they lost hope in God thinking that Jesus is dead.
How many times we lost hope and the desire to move on because our dreams have been crushed?
Some sad words start with the letter "D”, Disappointment, Doubt, Depression, Defeat, Despair and Death.
All of these “D” words are summed up in the words of the two disciples from Emmaus, Cleopas and his friend, when they said to the un-recognized stranger who walked with them on the road: “We had hoped that Jesus was the one who was going to redeem Israel”.
We can understand their disappointment. The Master they had loved and followed had been horribly put to death on a cross.
Human hope is a fragile thing and when it withers, it’s difficult to revive.
Have you ever experienced such total hopelessness?
Hopelessness is a disease that is hard to cure.
The Emmaus disciples were grieving a great loss in their lives! When suddenly Jesus came to walk with them asking them "What’s going on?".
They told Jesus their thoughts and He filled their broken hearts with a lesson in faith and hope. In the act of breaking the bread, they recognized him for who he was.
They saw his hands. They saw the place of the nails in his hands. They knew him and realized that He is risen from the dead.
And the two disciples immediately got up and returned to Jerusalem to share the Good News with others.
Their broken hearts had been transformed into hearts that were on fire for the Lord!
Hope has a powerful effect on us. It transforms our life.
May our hearts be encouraged with the hope that Jesus is alive, and may our lives be ignited with passion to share with all that we have seen the risen Lord. To Him be all the glory now and forever.... Amen.