For the last few weeks, we have journeyed to the cross in preparation for this weekend. We have read Luke’s gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus; we have studied the Lord’s Prayer and prayed this prayer daily; we have spent time each week in prayer and celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion; we have studied the Holy Habits and the impact these habits have on our faith journey; and we have studied Jesus’ final 24 hours. All of this has led us to this weekend as we remember the sacrifice and celebrate the Resurrection!
With all of this, it may seem like Easter is the finish line — the culmination of Lent. But this could not be farther from the truth. As we have discovered over the last few weeks, lives are changed when people encounter Jesus and this truth of the gospel continues today. Easter is not the end, but the beginning of a new life with Jesus Christ.
There are times in our lives when we struggle and face adversity (perhaps you are there right now). It can feel like we are living our lives stuck on Good Friday. We need to know in those moments that God is with us. Easter reminds us that Friday is not the end because Sunday’s coming! Jesus overcame death on a cross and rose from the grave to remind us that “I am with you always,” (Matthew 28:20). Whenever we feel despair or hopelessness, we can believe that God is still with us and that Jesus is still helping us to overcome our greatest obstacles.
I want to leave you with the words of a modern day theologian, Frederick Buechner, “The worst thing is NEVER the last thing.” (emphasis mine).
It may be Friday, but we know that Sunday’s coming, and I look forward to being with you in worship for this special Easter celebration on Sunday at 6:45, 8:45, and 11:00!
With joy and hope,
P.S. What are some of the ways you have encountered Jesus in your life? How have you experienced God’s strength in overcoming difficult circumstances? How has Jesus transformed your life? I’d love to hear more about what God is doing in your life. Send me an e-mail and let me know what God has done and what God is doing in your life.