Restoration

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On March 1 the world was different. We could go to work, gather in crowds, and venture into any business and receive services. The world was a wonderful place. I preached on John 3:16 and we explored how, ”...God so loved the world that God gave God's only son…”  The focus of this verse is clearly on God's redemptive activity in creation. It was a joyous day in worship! When things are going well, it is easy to talk about how things are “lovely “ with God and otherwise.

Now, the world has moved.  Many  of us cannot go to work. We’ve been asked not to gather, and the few stores that are open have too many empty shelves. This week I am preaching on John Chapter 9. The religious leaders seem bent on condemnation. They want to know, ”…who sinned, this blind man or his parents, that he was born blind…?”   When you read the text, even Jesus' disciples seem to lean toward saying the world is a lost place.

Jesus spits into some dirt and prepares to place it on the blind man’s eyes. There had to be a huge gasp in the crowd at that moment. If you read Numbers 12:4 you will see that the Old Testament teaching is that those who are spat upon are condemned. However, Jesus' focus here is not on condemnation but on salvation, on healing and restoration. The spittle is placed on the man’s eye’s and he is able to see. That which was condemned is redeemed.

Let that be a Lenten lesson for we coronavirus threatened pilgrims who follow Jesus. That we might trust God will not condemn but seek to restore. 

Prayers: That we might fear not in fearful times. In anxious times, let us maintain hope in Christ Jesus our creator and redeemer. The end of the coronavirus and healing for those who currently have it. For economic justice and restoration. Thankfulness for the financial generosity to continue our mission together.

Watch the God's Grace Community Church (GGCC) website.

*GGCC will be streaming worship this week.  WE WILL NOT BE  PHYSICALLY GATHERING. WE WILL BE WORSHIPPING TOGETHER THIS SUNDAY AT 10AM*

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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