Dear Hope Family,
I hope you’ve been as encouraged as I have in our series on The Apostles’ Creed. It’s always good to be reminded of the fundamentals of what we believe, because we can easily take for granted the very gospel that has changed our lives. As we move into the heart of the gospel—the cross and the resurrection—would you join me in imagining what it would have been like for those first disciples of Jesus?
Peter, Andrew, James, John, and the others have left everything to closely learn from this Nazarene rabbi for the space of three years. They’ve invested their entire stock (sorry, GameStop) in a man who speaks with authority like no other, who cleanses lepers and feasts with sinners, and who has promised that following him means everlasting life.
If you were one of these disciples, how would you feel seeing your Master betrayed by a friend, delivered over to the Romans, mocked by his own people, and hung naked on a cross? The word despondent would be an understatement, wouldn’t it? Although they were very much still alive, I think they would have felt like their lives were over. Like they were the walking dead.
But then, when all hope seemed to be lost, just as quickly as he had departed from them, Jesus was raised from the dead, walked out of the grave, and appeared to them in glory. Now how would you feel the moment you saw Jesus face-to-face?
Even though we are on this side of the cross, we will also have to face death. So if all have sinned and the wages of sin is death, as the Apostle Paul tells us, then is there really any hope for us? Because the reality is that we move through life feeling more like the walking dead than those who have seen Jesus face-to-face. I look forward to unpacking the answer to that question on Sunday, as we consider Romans 4:25 and once against uncover the mystery of true hope for real life.
Oh! And we are monitoring the weather and will give on Saturday if there are any changes to our worship services.