We are now in the season of Eastertide, the 50 days spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. This is a season of great joy as we continue to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and the life-transforming gift of our salvation accomplished through the events of Holy Week. Each week of Eastertide, we will continue our faith journey by focusing on one particular aspect of Jesus’ life, ministry and self-giving sacrifice on our behalf. May the following words of assurance fill your heart with joy.
Jesus Christ - Our Restoration
Rev. Alister McGrath: “But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) It is so easy to read this familiar passage without noticing the critical point. How could the father have seen the returning son when he was still some distance away? Surely the father would have been busy with the affairs of his estate. Then, gradually, we realize the truth - the father has been waiting. He has been watching from the flat roof of his house, in order to be able to see farther, awaiting the return of his son from the far country of the son’s self-imposed exile. This parable came from the lips of Jesus, a poignant description of his Father, our Father.
Rev. William Willimon: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” These are Jesus’ first words from the cross. Forgiveness is the first step, the bridge toward us that only God could build. The first word into our darkness is, “Father, forgive.” On the cross, before he asks anything for himself, he asks something for us: “Father, forgive them.” What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul…
Thank God It's Friday
Our sinful, restricted self
is uncomfortable and fights being revealed.
But deeper within us is the longing for God,
placed within our true self by God.
So we come to God as we are:
caught by sin and longing for God;
and we are always met
by God’s grace and mercy.
God does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed
our transgressions from us.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world,
but that the world should be saved
“Just as the Father has loved me,
I have also loved you;
abide in my love.”