Well friends, it’s been a great three sessions together. In this final session, we’re exploring how to live change well and invite others to the greatest change that comes as we know and walk with Jesus.
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ represent the greatest changes ever known. On p. 98, I write:
The cross is the ultimate revelation of the love of God. At the cross, not only did Jesus bear our griefs and carry our sorrows (see Isaiah 53.4) but he also ransomed our souls from sin and suffering, from a world torn apart, and restored our relationship with a perfect and holy God. But the story does not end at the cross, because the resurrection of Jesus Christ shows his ultimate and complete victory over sin, hell and the greatest foe of all: death.
As Buechner reminds us, “The resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.”
When we know this is true, we have the chance to share it with our world, our friends, our community, and our neighbours. One of the greatest challenges of this message in the 21st century is to find the language and vocabulary to share it well.
The story of Jesus is the story of truth. It isn’t limited to one culture, or one vocabulary. I give a few specific invitations for how to live into this story on p.113, that if our challenges include: Language and vocabulary, perception, confidence, and doubt, then these have as their flip side the following four joys:
Come, Holy Spirit,
The one who makes all things new, Leave us
And our world