Mar 20, 2024Wednesday in the Word


 March 20, 2024


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a Living Hope through the resurrection”. 1 Peter 1:2-3 NIV

I’m sure after this past year of loss and loneliness, we can all use a fresh dose of hope and renewal. As a new season is upon us, and as we enter into the Passion week, we also are preparing to celebrate the gift of Holy Week. I see it all as a Transfusion of Hope for a brighter and better tomorrow. Holy Week helps us to reflect on what Jesus came to do on our behalf. There are also TWO important words that we need to embrace and understand as preparations for the celebration begin.

The First word is TENSION. In order for us to comprehend the tense aspects of the week, we need to view it from the first believers and followers of Jesus. The impact of everything that transpired during that week was an especially cruel blow to those who embraced his teachings. You see, Jesus had released them from the burden of the Old Testament Law, by showing them a new way. He had promised everlasting life. He had given them hope, direction and purpose. So, at his death they thought that all he had claimed to be, the Truth, the Life and the Way, was null and void. But that’s not the end of the story.

The Second word is EMPATHY. Hebrews 4:15 offers this assurance, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without Sin”. Jesus is able to empathize with our human frailties, because he became fully human, while never giving up his Godly Deity (Divinity). We cannot fathom what it means to be fully God, but we know all too well what it means to be fully human. The loneliness, dread, pain and suffering, the list goes on. Matthew 26:36-44, tells of the night before Jesus’ Crucifixion, the beginning of his Passion, which means his Suffering. These verses show a picture of a vulnerable person, one who is facing death, betrayal, pain, suffering as well as extreme abandonment. This is the person of God, who came down to earth in human flesh (incarnate), to save us from sin. He knew this was the purpose for his coming. The gift that we received was a Transfusion of Hope, summed up in John 3:16.

What does this mean for us? It means that we serve a God who knows experientially, what it feels like to suffer and have pain, to be betrayed, ignored, forgotten, lied on and even to die. This is not some, guru, mantra or statue that needs to be dusted off or carried, that we worship. It means that we can share absolutely everything with a God who will completely understand. It means that we can draw near to him with confidence, while he tells us that no matter what, He still loves us. In John 20:24-29, Thomas needed proof of the nail scarred hands and feet of Jesus before he would believe in the resurrection. As Christians we aren’t asked to be oblivious to the traumas of this life, our scars don’t just magically disappear. Scars are something shared with God, but they are not the end of us. There is a Hope we have in the resurrection, and it comes with the healing we need. That’s why Peter could write the following words to the early Christians. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living Hope through the resurrection, (1 Peter 1:2-3).

We know this past year has brought with it so much scarcity, insecurity, and loss in every area of our lives. The bereaving and the grieving appear to be never ending. But do not despair, the light from the empty tomb has given us the injection of Hope that we need for today. So, sing your songs of Praise and Celebration. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Why? Because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen.                


Pastor Andrea (Andie)

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