Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields on 2/25/2018
While playing for the Minnesota Vikings, defensive end Jim Marshall did something embarrassing.
In a game against the 49ers, he recovered a fumble and ran it 66 yards — the wrong way — into his own end zone.
Because he thought he’d scored a touchdown for his team, he threw the ball away in celebration, only to have it go out of bounds, giving a safety for the other team.
Despite this error, Minnesota went on to win the game 27–22, with the victory provided by a touchdown return of a fumble caused by Marshall.
I am sure there are a lot of people who know Marshall’s pain.
And I am sure there are a lot of people who, upon failing so miserably, left the arena. They allowed their failure to be fatal.
Sometimes Christians can feel this way. We see our own failings as tragic, and retire from serving God.
They believe a lie that they are useless in the Kingdom.
This podcast speaks about this and gives insight into why failures don’t have to be fatal.
I believe that the cross of Jesus changes everything.
A symbol of intersection, it actually stands for transitions: transitions from death to life; transitions from sinners to saints; and, as this podcast notes, transitions from remembering to rejoicing.
The cross gives us much to remember and many reasons to rejoice, and Communion concentrates those elements in our lives.
As you listen to this podcast, give some thought to how much we have to be thankful for because of the Cross of Christ.
There are transitions at the cross of Christ.
That word, transitions, reminds me of the old film strip projectors. Film strips didn’t try to hide the transitions. They just went from one image to the next in a very linear way. The old 35 mm slide projectors tried to hide the transitions. But still, the transition was an abrupt click. Some technicians used them in tandem, causing the images to fade or dissolve from one to the next.
The personal computer made all of that obsolete. We haven’t had a missionary show up with 35mm slides in well over a decade. And fewer and fewer churches use hymnals, chorus books, or song sheets.
While all transitions are unique, one thing they generally have in common is this:
What was is no more.
And what was not now is.
The Bible teaches that transitions occur in every person who comes to Christ.
This podcast speaks of transitions that occur when we come before the cross of Christ.