• Dr. Jerry Nelson

After Shock

The political season is filled with the unexpected. Pundits are describing it as without precedent. The establishment, whoever they may be, in either party, are sweating behind closed doors. And here we are, in churches, and around the world, turning our attention this month toward the resurrection.

For some evangelicals, again whoever they may be, and other Christians the Easter season will be a welcome relief from the tyrrany of politics, political pundits, and politicians filled with promises. But, hopefully, it will be more. It needs to be more. The story of the resurrection is not intended to be a distraction from life, but a refocussing of life, the measure of hope in the wake of disappointment.

This search for hope in the story has led me into, and methodically through the Gospel of Mark. Opening with the words, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God," and closing with the words, "so then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God..." reminds me that in a world filled with shattered expectations and unyielding demands, the Gospel offers healing hope. Yes, the fractures of failure penetrate the foundations of our homes. The winds of the unexpected rearrange our ordered lives. The hurricanes emerging from warm expectations drive us to evacuate our places of security. But the good news of an empty tomb, the gospel hope, remains. Prevails. Delivers.

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