HERE'S WHERE WE'RE GOING...
Sunday, April 23
At 8 :30 AM and 11 AM
John 20 : 19 - 31
I don't often quote Jeff Bezos. He's driven to keep his Amazon empire the number one store for all your needs. He wants his space ventures to reach Mars with human beings. He is about success, while following Jesus is about faithfulness.
What came to public light recently, however, will preach (especially this Sunday). Each year, he sends his thoughts and plans to Amazon shareholders. He explains why, for him, it's always Day 1, never Day 2: “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.”
And what is Day 1 for Christians? Easter Day, of course... the day Jesus changed everything, turned death into life, and God did a new thing. As long as Jesus' followers live in Day 1, they are giving life, challenging death, practicing resurrection. The fatal flaw of far too many churches and Jesus followers is that we've moved to Day 2. On Day 2, we find followers like Thomas, who has given up on resurrection and new life, unless someone can show him proof of life. The risen Jesus has to step into Day 2 to pull Thomas back to life and faith and belief.
What day does your calendar say? If you're stuck in Day 2, with life and hope draining away from you, why not take one last, desperate chance? Why not walk back into Day 1, with Jesus by your side? You'll find him, alive, powerful, life-giving, risen at church this Sunday!