Pastor Lamb preached a classic sermon on faith using two verses of words spoken by Jesus at the sixth hour during His crucifixion entitled “A Leap of Faith”.
33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’" Having said this, He breathed His last.
The essence of faith are found in these two seemingly contradictory statements: “why have you forsaken Me” and “into Your hands I commit My spirit”. We can see these statements play out with Jesus on the cross, Abraham waiting for the promised child, Moses the redeemer in waiting for 40 years and David the anointed King being chased through the deserts of Judea. The devil always attacks our faith.
The leap of faith is going from knowing God is trustworthy to actually leaping and trusting God. “Faith has to go beyond the situation and circumstances.” He humorously and realistically described the leaps where we wound up on the ground only able to wait till heaven to know the explanations. This contrary view of the modern faith movement which consists of believing for things is much more real and much less exploitable. What you have faith for has become synonymous with positive thinking. Faith is more than getting things.
“Your faith has to be big enough to be hanging on the cross and still believe God”.