The disciples are given a purpose, they are given a mission, but Christ tells them to wait, for they do not yet have the power from on high. Sometimes waiting is a necessary thing.
Can we stop saying, “God helps those who help themselves”? At surface level it’s not sufficient, and at the theological core it’s a lie. God is in the business of, and calls us to join in, helping those who cannot help themselves.
The promise and good news of Easter isn’t about what God has done, it’s about what God is still doing. It’s about God’s replicated grace, unending, and unmatched. He is risen!
The disciples were losing hope of Jesus’ future after a successful start to the week, which began with shouts of Hosanna! But in the breaking and pouring of a jar of alabaster over the head of Christ, the week begins to shift.
Jesus travels to what was considered an unclean territory where he meets a man possessed by unclean spirits who lived in an unclean place. In that place, the man whose identity was lost, encounters God’s love in a way that gives him a new life.
Jesus says do NOT resist an evil doer? Should we then sit idly by as evil runs rampant around the world? Hardly. What did Jesus really mean?
The words of Christ do not allow us to write off reconciliation for long simply because the ideal isn’t possible. We have to own our messes, and seek to engage in the forgiving grace of God’s love.
Merry Christmas! Join in worship on Christmas Day with family, friends, and neighbors, no matter where you may be celebrating Christmas this year!