How have you experienced these past two years? There have been so many challenges facing us, and let’s be honest, it has been hard. Yet, through it all, Jesus never abandons us or forsakes us, in fact, the Risen Christ says, “I will be with you until the end of the ages.” (Matthew 28:20)
Perhaps one of the deepest challenges we have faced during this season has been maintaining relationships with each other, and building new relationships. Yet, as disciples of Jesus we are continually called to “Go make disciples and teach them.” (Matthew 28:16, The Great Commission). Churches have struggled during this season. And yet, we believe that God is on the move. God has been present in the midst of the challenges, and, it seems that God is up to something new. Can we look beyond the difficult times to ask the question, “What is God calling me to do during this season?”
The Apostle Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians are one way to sum up what this life of walking the road with Jesus is all about: “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
A closer look reveals the fullness of The Gospel in this one line: The gospel – the amazing grace – the agape love of God is expressed in God not counting our sins against us IN CHRIST.
In addition, this one line gives us a clear call to action: Our goal, our lives, now that we are reconciled to God, in Christ, is simply about communicating this same hope to others, “A holy God has reconciled with you, an unclean sinner.” And isn’t this what the Walk to Emmaus has communicated for over 140+ weekends? God loves you. Draw closer to him. Jesus died for you. Embrace him, love him, cherish him. How many testimonies at the closing worship could be summarized with, “I’ve been reconciled to God and it’s inscribible!”
After two years of waiting, can you hear Christ’s call? The joy of the Lord is just waiting to be poured out again on teams and pilgrims. So let us take up our mats and continue our 4th day walk down the road with Jesus. Let us be priests together helping Christ change our world. Let us put our priorities in order and experience the grace of God. Let us recommit ourselves to prayer, Bible study, and Christian action. Let us engage in reconciliation with God and one another. Jesus died to make it happen. Are you living to make it a reality?
Thank you for the honor of being able to serve the WV Walk to Emmaus community in this unique time. Feel free to contact one of us if you have a need.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Sarah