He is with us!
Jesus Christ is risen! This is amazing news and it changes everything. Jesus endured the darkest of this world. In Holy Week we stand witness to betrayal, insults, torture and death. Through it all, Jesus displays the same compassion and forgiveness he shared throughout his ministry. Yet death has no power over him. When he returns, he is cooking fish on the beach, calming freaked out disciples in the upper room, or walking with those on the road to Emmaus. Some reacted by worshiping, while others doubted, but all were welcomed by Jesus. His comeback tour is one full of final lessons, forgiveness, blessing and commissioning.
As the disciples go about their lives, they are asked to continue the work of Jesus. To continue helping people learn about God and inviting them into the promises of love and forgiveness found with the waters of baptism. Jesus tells them to do all that he has commanded. The greatest commandment he gave was to love God and to love your neighbor.
Each disciple, like each one of us, possesses different gifts to live out this mission in the world. When we seek to invite others to know God, it might look like sharing a faith reflection on Facebook. Maybe we love God by giving thanks each day and inviting God to be a part of our lives. We are empowered to take part of God’s work in this world and, through it all, Jesus keeps his promise to always be with us.
This message is taken in part from the May 2019 Aurora Newsletter