What’s better than Easter Sunday? Every day after it when you get the revelation of what that Resurrection means to you.
SPEAKER: Pastor Carl Lentz
TITLE: The Anchor Has Been Dropped
Have you ever known anybody who’s a story-topper? No matter what you say, their story is always better than yours. On Resurrection Sunday, we get the greatest story-topper.
God looked at the earth and couldn’t take what he saw any longer. He sent his Son to overcome it all. It was like God dropped an anchor and it’s not going anywhere. It’s an anchor of life. Just the name of Jesus can transform lives. God has not forsaken you.
-Even if you say, “You don’t know how bad my story is,” He topped it.
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This anchor–Jesus–brings freedom, not bondage. So attach appropriately.
-Attach your life, your calling, your marriage to this anchor.
People still somehow think that attaching yourself to this anchor will inhibit you.
Luke 24:1-5 NIV
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
-We don’t just celebrate Jesus on the cross. He got off of that thing.
-This whole story is symbolic of your life with Jesus: If your life was going to shrink, then maybe Jesus would’ve invited people into the tomb with Him. But He got out. He was mobile and flexible.
-The last thing that’s going to happen to you is that you’ll be boring and irrelevant.
God might give you boundaries but they’re not enemies. They are lifelines. The Holy Spirit will lead you.
When the waters are calm, it seems cool to go anchor-free. But a boat without an anchor will end up in the highway. If you have an anchor, you’re not going anywhere.
John 10:10 NIV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
When you’re anchored to Jesus, you won’t be doing what you used to do and living the way you used to live, not because of you but because of your anchor.
2 Things to Focus On:
1) The anchor of strength has been dropped so you have no choice but to stand.
Psalm 18:1-2 MSG
I love you, God–you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God–the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.
-There’s strength in you, your calling, your vision in life because your strength is in Calvary and what the cross represented.
-You might get away with being “strong in your own right” for a bit but when you a hit a storm and you’re anchored, you’ll realize that this storm hasn’t rocked you or your vision because of your anchor.
-When 9/11 happened, people ran to their church. They ran to where a cross was. Because, whether you know it or not, you are drawn to Christ. He is not just the God of a crisis but the God of a lifetime. When you get that revelation, everything changes.
-The storms of life don’t change you. They simply expose what you’re anchored to. If you don’t like what you see, change where you stand.
–If your anchor is Jesus and your strength is in Him, then you will stand firm.
-You can put your hope in Jesus alone.
-You know that when you go home, there’s an empty, nasty void. But you can allow God to be your strength.
-God doesn’t disappear or leave you in the storm. He shines. If you are at your whit’s end and you think that God’s forgotten you, he hasn’t. Even if you can’t see him moving, he is.
–The higher the upward pressure is in the middle of the storm, the better an anchor works. The wings of the anchor go deeper. You can’t see how hard it’s working, but it’s working.
2) The anchor of selflessness has been dropped, so you have no choice but to serve.
Matthew 20:28 NIV
…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
John 13:4-5 MSG
So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.
-Get off of your high horse. You don’t need to look for a hand up because the Son came down. So your job is to do the same and help others. Lift others up.
-There’s nobody on this planet that you get a get-out-of-serving card for. Jesus probably had healed a lot of the people who wanted Him to be crucified later.
-This is the God that we serve. Even in His own pain, He looked to that criminal and said that he would be in paradise with Him. He still forgave everyone.
-Your calling is to serve.
-The job of our church is not to be famous but to serve.
-In the end, you won’t get, “Well done, good and faithful billionaire.” You’ll get, “Well done, good and faithful servant."