Suppose you said a brief goodbye to your family, got on an airplane, then your flight vanished. Or perhaps you took the ferry and it sank. Or you began crossing the street when the vehicle right next to you made a right turn, knocking you into the pavement and oblivion.
Let’s hope not!
These three scenarios actually happened in the last month, two across the world and one just down the road in Tifton. How many of those people left home reasonably sure they would return? In the movies we often see one character with premonitions of disaster, but in our lives we walk with a somewhat arrogant illusion that life just goes on, that our days just flow. How our lives played out yesterday, be it advantageous or adverse, we shall likely experience something very similar tomorrow.
The Disciples walked with Jesus thinking the same way. While seeing the many miracles Jesus performed, they remained unconvinced of the radical nature of His teaching. This idea, this Kingdom of God business couldn’t displace their expectation of a powerful earthly monarch. The Messiah would be a “man,” a human being, able to restore Israel to greatness, a respected, even feared, political power and potent adversary.
The Disciples thought the past would become the future.
Easter sets us free from repetition of an imperfect past, delivers us from flawed expectations of our future, and offers hope beyond the limits of human reason. Not irrational, or baseless, our hope lies in the mystery of the Resurrection. When God the Father raised Jesus the Son from the grave that Sunday morning long ago, the prophetic story of the Messiah completely unfolded.
The hope of the world isn’t a political leader, but a Creator who shares our story. Not the story of conquest, but the story of vulnerability, courage, and love. With Easter in our history a new path presents a new option, not one of insane repetition toward oblivion, but a journey with God toward a perfect home.
If you are visiting with us today we hope you feel at home. This church, or this Earth, isn’t our final destination, but as Christians, we occasionally catch a glimpse of God’s Kingdom. We see it in each other! We hope maybe you will too . . .