Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
God is working. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. His kingdom and reign is, even now, breaking into this world, and perhaps even more amazingly, into your and my life. The disciples of Jesus saw this. Saw this in ways that many people today refuse to believe (and many of us have struggled with as well at times).
Consider the time Martha stood outside the tomb of her brother, dead four days, and heard these words from Jesus, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
Her response seems measured to me. Safe. Yeah, I believe it, but it isn’t actually going to make much a difference for me today. Cause he’s still dead. And I’m still mourning. And then Jesus raised the anti:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
How do you think you would have answered that question that day? How would you answer it today? Is His kingdom breaking in? Is He working in you, around you, and through you?
Is anything possible with God?
Christians of the west are mourning the death of Christendom in western culture (that chunk of history when the church was respected, in control, influential, and the popular and good thing to be a part). Our institutions might shake, rattle, and fall, but do you believe The Story of God’s faithfulness continues?
St. Andrews will go through major transition this year when two of it’s beloved staff will retire. Do you believe God will continue to write a story of faith and faithfulness in and through us?
I believe God is working. I believe God will keep working. While I certainly don’t have all the answers right now for the changing culture, the challenges of this and other churches, and myriads of other things, I have God’s Holy Spirit calling me and working in me each day to go and get after it one more day. And as long as I’m this side of the Resurrection, I will. With the psalmist we will keep declaring, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…”
And with Martha we’ll keep saying, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is (still) coming into the world.”