Isaiah 43:18-19 is a great reminder of God’s actions on our behalf.
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
We might feel like we are in a wilderness. We may be grieving, experiencing loss, or simply not sure where we are heading.
That can also be true of us as a church at times.
Yet, hear the good news: God is doing a new thing. A way in the wilderness.
We can honor the past, have some great traditions, and also know that God wants us to put whatever is behind us, behind us. Our best history is still ahead of us my friends!
How can I be confident in that, because of our Easter promise!
We may be facing death, we may have much to overcome, but we have a God who’s divine flow/presence/love throughout history raised Jesus from death!
Our identity is wrapped up in Christ! Therefore, we too are over-comers with Christ! What do we have to fear? as it says in Romans 8:31-38: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” and the “nothing can separate us from the love of God”!
If God overcomes all things, even death, then we can approach life with confidence in God’s commitment to us!
Check out this passage from Colossians 1:
15 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
May we live into the Easter promise of resurrection and that Christ is making all things new and reconciling ALL things to God’s self. That all things are wrapped up in Christ. May we have confidence that Jesus is making a way through the wilderness of our lives. Love has won!
Hope to see you on Easter Sunday, or any other Sunday…really, any day of the week. Let’s be in this life, experiencing God’s new way, together!