Friday, December 6, 2019

Human beings have always been obsessed with staying young. Already 2500 years ago there is frequent mention in Greek mythology of water which, if one took but a sip, would make the person forever young.

The Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon believed he would find the Fountain of Youth when he traveled to Florida in the early 1500s. Apparently, he never found it for his death is recorded as having taken place in July of 1521.

Today our search for the fountain of youth has not stopped, only changed geographical locations. Today we believe forever young is found in health stores, gyms and plastic surgeons’ offices.

We’re afraid of getting older and rightly so. The older we are, the more likely we’ll be meeting death soon. And that thought is not a pleasant one for anyone who is honest with themself.

The great tragedy of our search for the fountain of youth is that what we are looking for is right in front of us. But for whatever reason, most choose to pursue what they deep down know, will be futile.

Jesus Christ said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives believing in me will never die.” Forever young? Better, forever perfect. In another part of the Bible we hear that the life Jesus offers in eternity will have neither death, nor mourning, nor crying nor pain. It will be a forever so good we have difficulty imagining it.

As we continue our celebration of Christmas, we want to keep Jesus’ death and resurrection always in the backdrop, for these two events connected with Christmas are the solid hope we have of being forever perfectly happy. And that is something worth celebrating!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.