Traveling between Kenya and the U.S. is a privilege but at the same time a nagging challenge. We just returned from a 3-week trip that included precious times with the DOVE family, two of our children, my father and my brother and family. Despite the joys, going back and forth often feels like quite a jolt. Since I’m not good at thinking about a situation when I’m not physically present in it, arriving back home requires starting ‘from scratch’ to organize tasks and schedules. The travel ends up making life a very stop-and-go kind of ride. It requires recalculating.
But that’s totally nothing compared to the recalculating that the disciples had to do after Jesus’ death. Everything they had expected came crashing down. A king for the nation of Israel, an earthly reign, a position on his right or left (or at least in his cabinet) – that is what they were gearing up for. Now it was not only a change of rules, it was a different game.
The cross that we commemorate in this season represents all we must die to if we will truly live as Christ did. But the cross was also a big-time recalibration moment for this King’s followers.
Yes, ALLELUIA, He rose again. Their despair did not last long. They quickly realigned their expectations, re-evaluated His words, and reinterpreted scripture in the light of Christ’s victory over death.
“The old has gone; the new has come.” A new covenant. New plans. New power. New hope. New life! HAVE A BLESSED EASTER!