I told myself on Sunday I would share the sermon that I heard from Tim Chaddick of Reality LA. A message that inspired, depressed, and renewed my purpose as a follower of Christ as well as a lover of the lost who are trying to find a way to God.
Most of the time I feel as I am completing some great purpose and it is very rare that I start to feel the trivialization of life. Monotonous, useless, tasks that waste life away until you are so use to meaningless routine that you begin to lose sight of what is important. This is best illustrated by a scene in film called “The Phantom Tollbooth”
(Skip to 01:09:02 for the correct scene)
Many people get caught in this and feel there is no way out. Or maybe they have no idea that there is a way out and that they are trapped in the first place. Either way the preacher of Ecclesiastes, which by the way means “Church” or (קֹהֶלֶת Qoheleth) literally means Preacher, so next time a Jewish person tries to say that the Church is a Gentile invention and asks you to stop preaching at them just point them to their own Tanakh that they have never read and say “false!”. Where was I, oh yes, the preacher of Ecclesiastes spends a significant amount of time expressing the human experience in full truth and ways that some extreme fundamentalists may call blasphemous which is ironic that they say this and well never mind.
Feeling the highs and lows of life is a part of being human and it is shortly lived. To some this is a harsh reality and to those who know God this is a wonderful reality. How is it that a person could bravely face the end of life and be glad? The answer is more simple than most would like it to be. Most people want to earn some sort of memorial and achieve some great purpose so that they will be remembered and if their is some sore of afterlife or some cosmic karma that weighs the good and the bad they hope to receive justice according to their own standards they have placed themselves under as if they are the judge of themselves. This task of reassuring ones self that they are good enough is a trivial task and it takes some their entire life trying to justify their actions with good deeds. But salvation and reassurance is much more simple.
Jesus has already paved the road to salvation by living a perfect life and then giving it up for us. He died so that we could live. We have reassurance that Jesus’ sacrifice pays it all and that now there is no fear in going to the grave because what awaits us is not a scale of our rights and wrongs but a wedding party as the bride of the Messiah who as completely sanctified and purified the Ecclesiastes. This hope has been made known.
If you are one feeling the harshness of the human experience or you are the one feeling the full joys of life, Jesus is still the only way to make this life meaningful because Jesus is the only way to salvation.