The Paradigm Shifts
April 19, 2020

(For reference, this message was delivered during Hopeland United Methodist’s drive-in church service during the coronavirus pandemic. This was done via FM radio at the Horst Auction Center on Durlach Road in Ephrata.)

The way our world has shifted in the last few weeks is nothing compared to the shift that Christ brought about 2,000 years ago. And while we should be careful about embracing every new thing that has come about, we should be most concerned with making sure we are following a sound message.

Hebrews 2:8-12

In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

New International Version, 1984 Edition