Has your flight been canceled? One of the best summations I have ever heard of Easter weekend was from a pastor from Newart named Buster Sories. He began his retelling of the story of Jesus by recapping a time that he was trying to catch a flight back home to preach on a Sunday morning. When he got to the airport and checked into his flight he realized that the flight had been canceled. He went up to the counter and explained to the attendant that he had to get back to Newart to preach that very morning. She told him that she could get him home by 2:00 PM on another flight, but that getting him home in the AM was no longer possible. Buster sat down and stayed by the gate. Meanwhile, most of the other passengers left the gate and scurried around to make other arrangements to get to their destination. Just as Buster was about to make the call back home to get a replacement for the morning service, he heard his name being called. “Mr. Sories, please report to the counter.” When he got there the same lady that told him the flight was canceled said, “We have fixed the plane. If you still want to go to Newart we can get you there in time.” As Buster got to his seat he noticed that there were only five other people on the plane. He asked the stewardess what had happened and she said this, “After we announced the cancellation most of the people left the terminal, but you were one of the lucky ones. When it looked like the flight had been canceled YOU STAYED BY THE GATE.”
Buster said in his speech I was listening to: “I’ll never forget that stewardesses words, because often it feels like my flight has been canceled. If feels like my joy, my excitement for life has been canceled. It feels like my family and friendships have been canceled. If feels like my job, my impact, my health has been canceled. It feels like my life has been canceled. (pause) It looked like Jesus flight had been canceled. They mocked him and spit on him. They whipped him and punched his face. They drug him up the Villa De Le Rossa. They hung him high and stretched him wide. The devil danced a gig! BUT early Sunday morning he got out of the tomb! He conquered death! He rose from the dead. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand! Don’t let them cancel your flight! You stay by the gate, stay by the gate, stay by the gate….”
Lie: Disappointment and despair define us
Truth: We have been invited into the resurrection of Jesus!
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb 10:19-25)