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Jesus, My Living Hero (10 of 10)
Series: Jesus, My Hero
Introduction: Open with two-minute clip of the resurrection from the end of Mel Gibson's movie ''The Passion of the Christ.''
Author James Bradley wrote the book ''Flags of our Fathers'' which was subsequently made into a movie. It's the account of the lives of the six young men in the famous picture of the flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi on February 23rd 1945 during the battle of Iwo Jima. That is the most reproduced photograph of all time. Of the six men depicted in the picture, three died in the battle of Iwo Jima and three survived. Overall 7000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. James Bradley's father, John Bradley was one of the survivors. When James was a little boy, his third-grade teacher told him that his father was a hero. When James went home and told his dad that his father looked at him and said ''I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back; did NOT come back.''
They were heroes because they sacrificed what Abraham Lincoln called ''The last full measure of devotion.'' They died; they sacrificed their lives.
Today I want to talk about a man who is a hero because he died, and yet he lived; Jesus our LIVING hero. If you're new to us this morning you should know that we've been in a sermon series entitled ''Jesus, my hero.'' We have focused on the heroic qualities of Jesus as they're revealed in the gospel of Mark. We've talked about Jesus our inspiring hero, our strong hero, our loyal hero, our peerless hero and our courageous hero. Today, as we focus on the resurrection, I want to talk about Jesus our LIVING hero.
Mark chapter 16 is the resurrection chapter of that gospel and, as much as anything else, it records a journey of discovery as various groups and individuals travel from discouragement and doubt to conviction and faith in Jesus, our living hero. There were ...
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