Message From the Pastor

Month of May 2020

The Easter Story Continues

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.” — Luke 24:13-16

I love the story of the two men on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24, as Jesus talks and walks beside them in the days after His resurrection. His presence was so real, but at first they did not know who He was. Jesus asks them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” (Luke 24:17) They answer with sadness, questioning how anyone could not know about the events in Jerusalem. They explain to the “unknown stranger” that they know of Jesus by His reputation: “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.” (Luke 24:19b) They continue talking to their walking companion of their expectation of Jesus: “We had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21a) And finally they express their frustration over the news that His tomb was open but He was missing. Is this how we relate to Jesus? We know of His reputation, but He isn’t what we expected, and we become frustrated when He doesn’t “do” what we want.Jesus seeks the companionship of the two men on the road to Emmaus, just as He seeks ours. And what happens next? He challenges their scholarship, at the point of Scripture. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) They wanted a Messiah, and Jesus reaches into their knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament to prove He is the One. They hear from Christ Himself that He had to suffer and die before entering His glory—something they did not yet grasp. But the story doesn’t end there, because there is no understanding on their part of who Jesus really is—no relationship. They invite Him to sit down and dine with them. Jesus takes the bread, gives thanks, and then breaks it before He gives it to them with His nail-scarred hands. “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.” (Luke 24:30) In spending time with Him, hearing truth from Him as He taught from Scripture, and being given the broken bread—they recognize Him. They admit to having their hearts burn within them during this experience on the road—and they return to Jerusalem proclaiming “It is true! The Lord has risen.”(Luke 24:34) Jesus wants to make Himself known—just as He did with these two men in the gospel of Luke. And we can come to know Him by spending time with Him, by studying truth in Scripture, and by knowing it is the Holy Spirit who will open our eyes to the brokenness of His body on the cross, so that, we can have fullness of life.Is your heart downcast? Do you not sense the presence of Christ where you are right now? Spending time in Scriptures, spending time in worship and prayer—that’s how you get to know the Lord. Go ahead—begin the journey on the road. . . . . .with Jesus beside you. You will never be the same. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”— 2 Corinthians 5:17

I have so many questions right now. I want answers. I don’t like living in the uncertainty. It can cause me to have anxiety. I also have many questions for the church. What is God doing in our midst? When can we all meet together? What will that look like? To what is God calling us after sheltering-in-place? What is our purpose?

When it is finally safe to return to our church building, we'll be tempted to rush back to the familiar. "Finally," we may say, "we can get back to what we know how to do!" The disciples did this after the resurrection. They went back to fishing, and Jesus called them to come and have breakfast. He fed them physically, and he fed them spiritually with the Word. I believe much preparation needs to be done within our mind, body, soul and spirit. I believe we have been given a huge wake up call to what is real, what is important, what is the life Christ calls us to choose. What will that life look like for us personally and as a church?

John Thornburg, who is an elder in the North Texas Annual Conference and a part of the TMF (Texas Methodist Foundation), stated how one pastor said, "I need volunteers more than I need money to help carry the ministry loads instead of the same 10%.” Some pastors are worried about the financial health of the church. Some are concerned now that people are sheltered- in- place they will prefer watching online church services instead of physically attending a worship service.

Bishop Gregory Palmer stated, “Churches may face the temptations to plan lots of activities to prove they're still in business rather than asking the central question, "God, given what we have been through, what is the difference you are calling us to make?" How can we continue to grow and ask the age-old question, “Who is my neighbor?" It is possible this crisis will bring us closer to understanding the difference between 'ministry for' and 'ministry with.' No more ministry for and of self, it is the ministry of Christ for Christ.

Personally, I have heard too many speculations to which I have no answers. I am asking you, as I am doing myself, to pray! God knows the answers. God knows what we need and what the church needs and then how to blend this into beautiful ministry. When I think of that promise, I get a new hope within me and I look forward to what that ministry may look like. I think now more than ever the church needs to be the church and lean on Christ. Christ has the answers to our questions.


  January 2021  
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Happy Birthday Betty Keating!
Betty Keating, James Scaggs
Combined Young At Heart Meeting at Lakeview
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