Texts: Acts 12:6-11; Mark 12:28-34
Speaker: Joel Miller
If you’re like me, you didn’t grow up observing All Saints or All Souls Day, or even know it was a thing. Either way, each of us have likely accumulated a few saints over the years. These are the people, living and dead, who exemplify a life well lived. We hear their stories and we want to know more. We don’t need them to be perfect, but we need them to show us something. Something of love, something of courage, something of God. Knowing their stories shapes our own. We need these stories = these lives who were, in the words of Jesus, “not far from kin-dom of God.” They help us see that the kin-dom of God can indeed be not far away.
Hebrews chapter 11 walks through a whole ensemble of characters from the Hebrew Bible – From Adam and Eve’s son Abel, to Abraham and Moses, to Rahab, to the prophets. It follows this up by saying, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with perseverance the race set out for us.”
Observance of All Saints and All Souls,...