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March 12, 2017 Surrender (from Lenten Sermon Series)

March 12, 2017 Surrender (from Lenten Sermon Series)

Scripture:  JOHN 3:1-17

     You’ve seen 1000 scenes like this: “Hands up!”  “OK, I surrender.”  Or: “Surrender your weapon.”  Or this: one of the scariest scenes in The Wizard of Oz is the one in which the Wicked Witch of the West writes “Surrender Dorothy” across the sky.  We all know the meaning of surrender.  It means to give up.  We see it in movies about war and cowboys and criminals.  It’s what happens when you’ve been vanquished, when you can’t win.  If you look up synonyms, you find “submit, capitulate, renounce.”  There’s nothing good about surrender.  It’s all loss and defeat and forfeit.

     So what an oddity that it’s in some ways the backbone of a spiritual life.  Isn’t this really the last thing you want to hear?  Don’t you just wish the spiritual life were all a