May 7, 2017

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!  

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Easter and the resurrection Gospel is from John 10:1-10.  Jesus begins his long discourse about sheep, gates and shepherds. You can read the whole text by clicking on the link below.

In this dialogue, which Jesus is continuing with his followers and Pharisees together, he introduces the metaphor of being the gate/entrance for the sheep (us). John 10:7 So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.  Another word to use for gate would be “the Way.”  

But Jesus as the gate or the way is not just a slogan but an invitation to enter into a relationship with him.  Now how do you do this? First, try reading one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and pay attention to who and how Jesus lives and interacts with living people (perhaps join a Bible study and join in the dialogue). The second, is worship in a community of faith (be with others). The third is prayer, where you give yourself the grace to sit and be with Jesus rather than just asking for things from him. These are concrete ways to enter a relationship with the living Jesus.  

Wow! Boom! Amazing! He becomes real when we take the time to join him in relationship. Wow! Boom! Amazing! Cool!  

Resurrection is real when faith leads your heart, your mind and body follow, and you make your relationship with Jesus real. Then transformation and new life/eternal life start becoming real. When this happens, and I hope it is happening to all of you, life and faith collide and create something new.  

So, follow your heart. Let the light of God’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of God’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all!  

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie