Dear Hope Family,
I am tremendously excited about the next months of immersing ourselves in the life of Jesus from the pages of John’s Gospel and attending to the real Jesus through his very own words.
Perhaps, like me, you find that the swirl of Advent, Christmas, and the New Year can conspire to dull and harden your experience of the beauty and grace of Christ. While it should be the time of year that we are renewed and bolstered and the glory of Jesus is revealed in brand new ways, I often find myself distracted, numbed, and hardened to beauty and majesty of Christ.
I am thankful for the testimony of John the Baptist- that wild-eyed, rambler who lived in the desert, wore animal skins, ate locusts and honey, and preached a fiery gospel of repentance.
It is my prayer that his voice will be radical enough, sharp-edged enough, to slice through the distraction and resistance, to get underneath and rouse the numbness, to stir the lethargy, and to melt the hardness of our hearts and that this passage will be the smelling salts we need to wake us up again the beauty and grace of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – our sin, our present tense need for a Rescuer.
Let’s gather on Sunday to behold Him and join our voices together to declare, “Worthy is the Lamb!”
Grace and peace,