As I sit in here at Glenmoore in my office, I am thinking about our journey together over these last four months. Much has happened as we progressed from the ending of Advent to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and finally Easter weekend. Together, we have explored the scriptures as we followed Jesus’ declaration in Luke 9:51, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” And now here we are rejoicing in the resurrection, trying to understand it, learning that we have to rely on faith, not sight, believing yet questioning. This is our journey together, walking side by side with each other, telling our story, letting folks know that, even in the midst of doubt and questions, we are still believers in Jesus Christ. I am reminded of that wonderful song by Mercy Me, “Even If”. Recall the lyrics to that song that include this affirmation:
I know You're able, and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand.
But even if You don't,
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You'd just say the word.
But even if You don't,
My hope is You alone.
On this past Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, I asked folks to write down any questions they had regarding the resurrection, Jesus, or God. I have received several questions and now I can say this much: folks have questions, and folks have faith. That is a remarkable place to live in.
When Jesus was leaving his disciples, Matthew describes this scene in Chapter 28:
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” I love the fact that Jesus, in the face of the doubt still held by some of his disciples, tells them they have a job to do. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” That is our job, yours and mine, even in the face of doubt, uncertainty, go out telling your story. Our God is plenty big enough to handle any questions we might have. We can be authentic disciples of Jesus Christ by being real to others about the difference Jesus has made in our life.