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June 5, 2016, 2:38 PM

Pastor's Post June 2016: "What Comes Next"


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The basis of any good story is trying to find out what comes next. Well-crafted stories keep us interested in the storyline by never quite revealing what comes next, but leaving clues and hints. A good book is called a ‘page turner,’ because each chapter reveals just enough so you are left with a craving to read the next chapter, because you just need to find out what comes next.

Right before Jesus ascended to heaven, the Disciples were left with a craving to know what was coming next. They had seen the incredible drama of his ministry, death, and resurrection play out before them, and they couldn’t wait any longer. They asked Jesus if it was finally time for Him to set up His kingdom in Jerusalem and rule the world. Jesus’ best answer was worthy of the best of storytellers. He told them that it was not for them to know what comes next. He said that only the Father had the authority to write the story of history and decide what would happen next.

I am sure the Disciples still had a craving to know what would come next and what part they might play, and they did not need to wait very long to find out. Jesus told them that their part in the story was to bear witness to His death, resurrection, and love for the world. He also said the Father would send them His Spirit to strengthen and guide them as they played out their part in the great story of good news the Father was writing. Ten days later they were filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and began to preach in Jerusalem, just as Jesus had said.

Now it is our turn. As Christians, it is not our job to be the writer of the story. That is the Father’s business, but it is our job to bear witness to what the Father has done for us in Jesus. While we may not know what comes next, we do know how the story ends. Our part is to let the world know about Jesus and that, because of Him, all people can be part of the only true, “happily ever after!”

Together in His Service,

Pastor Matt


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