Sermon Text: John 17:20-26
According to the church calendar, we have reached the final Sunday of Easter which means we have also reached the final message in our Alive in Christ sermon series. The goal has been to think about how our lives really are different because of Jesus’s resurrection than they would be otherwise if we remained dead in our sins. The new life is marked by all kinds of things that we’ve talked about – a mission, freedom from our past, a secure future, our personal transformation, and a relationship with Jesus in the person of the Holy Spirit. Today we are looking at one final thing that we receive when we are raised to a new life with Christ, and that is our spiritual family. When we are joined to Christ through faith, we aren’t just joined to Jesus. We’re also joined to all of the other people that are part of him, too.
Being part of God’s family can feel like one of the biggest blessings in our lives, but sometimes it can also leave us feeling like Kevin McCallister feels at the beginning of the movie Home Alone. The house is full with his brother, and sister, and parents, and aunts, and uncles, and cousins, and after being picked on, and overlooked by, and in trouble with his family he’s fed up and he shouts, “When I grow up and get married, I’m living alone!”…See full sermon here