As we end the month of March, in worship, we heard the entire 9th
Chapter of John as our Gospel reading. Whether or not you were
able to be at church, I would encourage you to take time to read it
carefully as we enter into the final days of Lent in April. It
tells the amazing story of a blind man who was given sight by Jesus,
and how the religious authorities refused to believe it, even though
the man’s parents testified that he had been born blind and could now
It is only one example of the many miracles Jesus did during his
earthly life. What is perhaps more amazing than the miracles
themselves - is that so many people remained unconvinced. Not
just one, but several were given sight. Many demons were cast out.
Thousands were fed with five loaves and two fish. Not just one, but
several were raised from the dead. In spite of all this, many
remained unconvinced. Many of the religious leaders would not
believe. Even John the Baptist had his doubts. The
disciples, Jesus’ closest friends, for the most part fled when he was
arrested – only John was there to witness His Crucifixion.
How is it possible to witness such amazing miracles as these, and not
believe? And once believing, how could they not remain faithful?
Although they witnessed amazing things, people in Biblical times were
just as broken and just sinful as we are. They were just as
likely as we are to let things like fear, insecurity, and fleshly
desires of the heart keep that keep us from embracing what we know to
be true – and live accordingly.
The good news is that even though we may seldom see a miracle as
spectacular as those reported in Scripture – Christ is still among us
and still working miracles among us, forgiving our sins, bringing us to
faith, in spite of our doubts and fears. Jesus, the risen Christ,
is present, this Sunday (as He is every day), within our congregation –
come check it out!
As we continue through the season of Lent, I invite you to continue
thinking about the brokenness that exists in your life and how God’s
love for you covers it. Please come join us in worship on our last two
mid-week ecumenical Soup Supper services with Eckert Presbyterian
Church and Cedaredge United Methodist Church, March 29th and April 5th
– starting at 5:30 p.m. Then join us Sunday, April 9th for Palm Sunday
with our annual Palm Sunday Breakfast before worship (look for the
details in the newsletter). April 13 for Maundy Thursday, April
14 for Good Friday with Eckert Presbyterian and Saturday, April 15 as
we join St. Luke’s Episcopal church for the Easter Vigil. It all
comes together on April 16 for an Easter celebration with a community
Son-rise service at 6:45 a.m. at Confluence Park and 10:00 a.m. at All
Saints. Come and hear about how much God loves you and how the darkness
in our lives is defeated once and for all with the light of Christ. May
you have a blessed Lent and Easter season!