Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Old Testament: Exodus 12:1-14, Isaiah 51:9-11
Morning Psalms: Psalms 148, 149, 150
Gospel: John 1:1-18, Luke 24:13-35, John 20:19-23
Evening Psalms: Psalms 113, 114


The Apostle John was an idea guy. Yes, he was concerned with history, with what really happened. Yes, he believed that God really did become man in Jesus Christ, that Jesus really did walk the face of the earth teaching people about God and performing honest-to-goodness miracles, that this same Jesus really was brutally executed on a cross, and that three days later this Jesus really did rise from the dead. John really did believe these things, and I do too.

But John is perhaps even more concerned with the Big Ideas behind these events. Why are they so important? Why do they matter? What is it that we are meant to see or understand that we’ve missed before or maybe even got all wrong?

And so John makes incredible statements like, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:18). That’s the Easter Message, friends. That’s why Easter is such a Big Deal, such a Grand Celebration.

Our world, as beautiful and glorious as it can be, is nonetheless filled with darkness in so many ways. There is the darkness of sin, of suffering, of death itself. There is cruelty, abuse, violence, and hurt. There is addiction, shame, and self-loathing. There is sickness, tragedy, and the loss that comes with such finality in the death of a loved one. Who of us escapes these things?

But in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we see that none of these things are the last word, the final step in the journey, the conclusion of the book. In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we see that light really does shine in the darkness, and that the darkness never has in the past, nor ever will in the future, be able to put out that light. We see that God will achieve his purposes, and that one day light and love will fill all of creation and win the day.

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