September 7, 2014
Matthew 18:15-20
Romans 13:8-14

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Always brand new

Second Sunday of Easter




Object: an old, beaten up pair of shoes

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Happy Easter! Did you know that it's still Easter? Easter is so amazing that we don't just celebrate it on one Sunday. The Easter season goes on for six more Sundays. We need to keep celebrating Easter because what happened is so important. Just like it took us a while to get ready for it, it takes us a while to keep learning about what happened.

In today's lesson, the writer says that when Jesus was raised from the dead we received an inheritance that is "imperishable, undefiled and unfading." Can anyone tell me what that might mean? (see if there are any ideas)

Well, those are pretty big words, so it's not easy to understand. Let's try this: What's an inheritance? (see if someone can tell you) An inheritance is what people leave to be given away when they die. If you receive an inheritance, you share the things that were special to someone who used to be alive.

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The words "imperishable, undefiled and unfading" describe things that last forever -- things that never fall apart, break or lose their beauty.

This is an old pair of shoes. (hold up your old shoes) They don't look new anymore, do they? They've been used, walked on and really worn down. These shoes are not imperishable and unfading. They certainly don't smell new! They will not last forever. Most things, in fact, don't last forever. That's why it's so silly to care so much about the things we own. They will fall apart eventually.

But God has given us an inheritance that will never fall apart or grow old. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, we will receive treasures that will always be brand new. Just like God's love, our heavenly treasures will last forever and ever. That wouldn't be possible without what Jesus did for us.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for all the miracles of Easter. Amen.