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Scripture Romans 8:18-21

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed…. that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Reflection

Life is not about our comfort, or even about our own personal salvation. It is about our claiming our role in the story of redemption. It is about our becoming agents of shalom, or helping to turn the world back toward the way God intended it to be. It is how the children of God are actually revealed to the world. Our personal salvation is not the end of the matter; it is the means by which we take our place in the kingdom of God - right here and right now liberating the world from its slavery to sinful ways.

How? Jesus says, “love.” Not the soft, squishy, touchy-feely kind, but the hard kind. Sacrifice hard. Action hard. Love your enemy hard. Even crucifixion hard. Are you up to it?

There is no time like now. There is never any time like the present to be living beyond our own comfort and beyond our own personal salvation. There is a world to win, a creation order to be reclaimed, (social) justice to be served, and grace and mercy to be lived. This is the kingdom of God. This is why Jesus came to earth.

In this time of corona and commemorating the crucifixion, let’s find ways to honor Jesus’ coming, living, teaching, suffering, dying, rising, ascending, and sending his Spirit.

Reservist Shannon Huizenga, a member of our school community and mother of Corbin and Kaydence, left Monday for New York to help it overcome its coronavirus challenge. Please remember Shannon and the entire Huizenga family in your prayers.

This is the final scripture reflection until we return from break on April 13. Have a blessed, joyful Easter!

 

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