“Peter Pan Envy”

On February 24, Pastor Katy preaches on John 11:21-26.

21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Many of us grew up with an image of “Never Never Land” etched in our minds. A place where you never have to grow up or grow old. We have to admit that there’s something appealing about the thought of never growing old and never having to come to terms with our own mortality, but ultimately that’s just a fantasy. We will all age and eventually we will all die, but how we understand and process our own mortality will greatly determine how we live out the time that we do have. Jesus says, “those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Well, do we? The fear of growing old and the fear of dying often crowd out our ultimate faith in Jesus’ promise. It’s easy to become paralyzed by the fear of all we lose as we grow old, but we lose much more if we fail to count each day as a gift and an opportunity.

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