Sunday, March 31, 2013

LOST?

IT’S A TERRIBLE FEELING BEING LOST. Whether you’re in the middle of the Sahara Desert with nothing but sand for as far as the eyes can see, or you’re in the middle lane of the 405 Freeway in Southern California with nothing but unmoving cars as far as the eyes can see, being lost can be a frightening, unnerving, frustrating experience. But what if the place where you are lost is nothing but a blank Word.docx glaring at you like some alter-universe white-hole ready to suck you into oblivion?  Take it from me I would rather choose the 405 right now, though not too sure about the Sahara Desert.

 So, here I sit, tomorrow’s deadline looms before me and  I am supposed to come up with some creative front-piece for the church bulletin, for Resurrection Sunday no less! A pastor lost for words…it’s not a pretty sight; downright scary, if you ask me.

But, maybe on a Maundy Thursday evening, waiting for the day we call Good Friday, sense of being lost is what I should be feeling. Maybe the same sense of being lost that Jesus may have begun to feel as He washed the feet of those who said they would follow Him to the death, yet He knew that one of them would deny knowing Him and another would betray Him into the hands of those who wanted Him dead.

Maybe my feeling of being lost can help me understand Jesus’ prayer for God the Father to find another way other than the coming death upon the cross, or maybe even a small sense of His being lost as He cried from the cross, “My God! My God, why have you forsaken Me?”  No! His sense of loss is beyond my comprehension, beyond my ability to know or to experience. In fact, He became lost so that I could be found!
This is what the resurrection was all about; being found! I, who was lost in sin and death have been found by the very great grace of God! It was my Lord Jesus who said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost!” (Luke 19:10)

Hallelujah! What a Savior! What a resurrection!  I was lost, but now I am found! My sin-blackened page has been made white as snow, and the Creator God has set His pen to this paper and has written, “Mine!”

Now the story begins.

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