Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

Our True and Certain Hope

Hello Gloria Dei,

Sometimes life has a way of snuffing out our dreams. We set out with high hopes for schooling, career, family, and our golden years. We have plans, aspirations, and expectations. We are blessed when our plans and dreams come true, but life can and does throw curveballs when we’re not expecting them.

This is precisely what has happened to Mary Magdalene as John chapter 20 begins. Jesus, her friend, her Lord, the one who had restored her life and given it back its dignity and purpose… well, she had watched him die a painful death on Friday. Her hopes, her expectations, all dashed and crushed to pieces.

So, she goes to Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning to prepare it properly for burial. Instead, she finds a man she initially presumes to be the gardener. Yet, as the conversation goes on, this man, the risen Jesus, calls her by name: “Mary!” And in an instant, her despair turns to hope. Her dreams and expectations are restored. Jesus is alive. And in her joy, she runs to share the good news.

I hope you’ve been blessed by our reading and preaching through the gospel of John. Remember way back in chapter one, the very first words spoken by Jesus in this gospel come in the form of a question. “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38)

This question sets the stage for all of us. What are you looking for? We all want a meaningful, purpose-filled life. We all are hoping for real life and truth. The rest of the gospel shows us where real hope, purpose, and life are found.

Take note of what Jesus asks Mary there in the garden outside of the tomb. Instead of asking her “What are you looking for?”, he asks the question “Whom are you looking for?” (John 20:15)

The message is clear. Our hopes, our dreams, our aspirations, our whole lives, find their true purpose and meaning not in a “WHAT”, but in a “WHO”. And that Who is Jesus, the very Son of God, who came to this earth to give his life for you and for me. And then to be raised in victory, a victory we all share through faith.

As you celebrate Easter once again this year, may your faith be strengthened and your life be made full, all through the one who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Our Hope is in a Who.

Happy Easter and please see the worship schedule below.

Good Friday Worship: 6:00 p.m.
Easter Saturday Celebration Worship with Holy Communion: 5:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday Celebration Worship: 7:30, 8:30, 9:40, 10:50 a.m.
(The 9:40 Service will be Livestreamed.)

See you in worship!

Pastor Tim
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