Between Rocks and Hard Places

Dear Sinners and Saints,

 

The first Easter began on, “The first day of the week while is was still dark…”(John 20:1)  The dark represents disappointments and fears.  Things were not good as the truth of the resurrection began to unfold.  Mary and the others who arrived at the tomb were in a deep state of mourning. 

 

Are you in that place?  Has life left you with a shattered dream and the feeling of loss?

I remind you of the famous first words in M. Scott Peck’s book The Road Less Traveled.  His first words are, “Life is difficult.”  Then he goes on to say, “This is a great truth but most of us cannot see it.  Instead we moan more or less incessantly, noisily or subtly about the enormity of our problem.  As if life is supposed to be easy for us, and therefore what has happened to us has never happened to anyone else before, at least not in the excruciatingly painful or insoluble way that it has burdened us.”

 

Peck says that he wrote that not because as a therapist he hears his patients say that, but because he has been tempted to say it himself.  You could call it the “Law of Exceptionalism,” the idea that this has never happened before, at least not to the degree that it has happened to me. 

 

The truth is there are now exceptions.  Jesus has come for each of us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”(John 3:16)

 

Jesus has mourned with others over the loss of the broken dreams, and suffered beside each of us.  Ultimately Jesus the Christ was crucified and cast into a tomb.  Jesus emerged the resurrected Christ, the one capable of navigating out from between “rocks and hard places.”

 

This Easter if some life situation has you feeling trapped, the resurrected Jesus stands before you scarred and wounded, offering you hope.  The resurrected Jesus spoke to Mary’s darkness. (John 20:15) “Why are you weeping?”

 

See you Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 at Rock Canyon High School.

 

Still in one peace,

 

Pastor David J. Jensen

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