Three of Westminster’s graduating seniors preached on Youth Sunday.
Jesus is always persistent. Two of the disciples were walking to Emmaus and Jesus came to them, walking alongside them. When they didn’t recognize him, he asked what they were discussing. They responded that they were talking about the tomb found empty a mere three days after Jesus’s crucifixion and death. Now this frustrated Jesus, as they knew him. They had followed him, listened to his teachings, and learned from him, yet they didn’t recognize that everything written about him in scripture was coming true. However, Jesus was patient and, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” (Luke 24:27) After this, he even went into the village with them to eat. Throughout the entirety of this story, when these two disciples should have recognized him, Jesus was patient and committed to being in relationship with them. Similar to how Jesus pursued a relationship with these two disciples, he comes near to us and is patient when we are “slow of heart to believe” (Luke 24:26).
I started coming to youth group in 6th grade and came just about every week for my first two years. Then my mom signed me up for a mission trip up north the summer before 8th grade. At first, I was excited. That quickly changed when I went to the first informational meeting and realized I was going to be gone for a week and a half. If you knew me then, you know I was obsessed with horseback riding. It’s still the biggest part of my life today, but I was obnoxious as a child. When I found out I was going to have to take a week and a half off, I threw a fit. I begged my mom to let me stay home.Read more...