Easter has come and gone – and all the teaching and healing, the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the confrontations with religious and political authorities, the cross, the tomb. Jesus has died and then risen from the dead. There were rumors of his resurrection, then surprise sightings, then bread broken together: the whole gang reunited at the table. (Well, almost the whole gang.) The disciples have been pulled in every direction by wonder and fear and grief and hope. To say that it has been a rollercoaster of a time for them would be putting it mildly.
But, after all the ups and downs of the journey they’ve been on, Jesus has emerged victorious. He has triumphed over death itself once and for all. So now what? The disciples ask him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” When are you going to stomp some Romans and throw down the emperor and take back the homeland? You know, Messiah kind of stuff! When can we go back to the glory days? When can we go back to the way things were before?
I can imagine this question is one that has become familiar to a lot of us in the last couple of months, if not all of us. When can we go back to the way things were before? It has been a rollercoaster of a time for us, with rising cases and a falling economy and a flood of information and guidelines from various sources that often conflict and contradict one another. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired, tired of being cooped up, tired of being afraid. We long to go back to the lives that we were living before.Continue reading “Sermon: Awaiting the Future”