Posts Tagged ‘Nik Wallenda’

Sermon 06-17-12: “Sunday School Heroes, Part 3: Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego”

June 21, 2012

In this sermon, I talk about finding the courage that we need to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Living the Christian life, after all, isn’t about playing it safe. Sometimes, in order to receive the blessing that God wants to give us, we have to go to the furnace first! The blessing only comes through the trial. The blessing only comes through the hardship. The blessing only comes through the suffering.

Sermon Text: Daniel 3:8-30

The following is my original sermon manuscript.

Did you happen to see what Nik Wallenda did on Friday night? He didn’t do all that much. The guy gets on on national TV for simply taking a 30-minute stroll. Big deal! He wasn’t even walking very fast. Of course, the fact that he took a stroll across Niagara Falls on a tightrope might have had something to do with why he was national TV!

I hasten to add that because the ABC network didn’t want someone falling to their death on live TV, they insisted that he wear a safety harness—which he didn’t end up needing, of course. But if you saw how high he was, and how wet and slippery and dark and unbelievably frightening it all was, you just can’t minimize his accomplishment. I couldn’t walk on solid ground if millions of people were watching me on live TV! I’m sure I would trip and fall. And here’s this guy walking on a tightrope across Niagara Falls! Not only that… as he’s doing so, he’s chatting calmly with ABC’s news anchors, saying how blessed he is to have this amazing view of the Falls!

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Where does this courage come from?

June 21, 2012

This guy gets on national TV for taking a 30-minute stroll! He wasn’t even walking very fast!

You’ll hear more about daredevil Nik Wallenda’s historic tightrope-walk across Niagara Falls if you read or watch my sermon from last week, which I’ll post later today. Here is the complete video from ABC.

Yeah, I know… Scoffers will point out that he had a safety harness—a precondition for ABC’s broadcast of the event. The network didn’t want to risk having a man fall to his death on national TV. Of course Wallenda didn’t end up needing the harness—which he knew going into it. But watch the video: you just can’t take anything away from his accomplishment.

As I said in my sermon, the courage to do something like this comes from faith and prayer. Throughout the crossing, we the viewer eavesdrop on Wallenda’s prayers. Except for when he calmly chatting up the news anchors—never mind that he was 20 stories above Niagara Falls!—or talking to his dad, his safety consultant, he prayed continuously, thanking Jesus and his heavenly Father for opportunity and for “the view” of the Falls that he was enjoying.

Wow! Just… wow. What amazing courage! And I hasten to add, what a powerful witness for Jesus Christ. God’s blessings on you, Nik. You are an inspiration!