Excerpt from audio sermon “Strength to Endure”:
You’ve heard it before: There is no Easter Sunday without Good Friday
That is: There is no Resurrection without the Crucifixion.
That is: If you want to be in glory with Jesus, you must first suffer with Jesus.
That is: If you want to be serious about the feasting of Easter, you must first be serious about the fasting of Lent.
We want glory without suffering.
We want victory without battle.
We want perfection without practice.
We want Heaven’s reward, but we don’t want to travel the way of the Cross to get there.