Who has not felt tired, battered and broken, these past several days?
War and famine tear at the global community. Death in a high school in Minnesota and inflammatory rhetoric in the halls of government, all leave me yearning for something in which to hope and searching for signs that life can be renewed.
Perhaps this is what the story of Jesus’ resurrection is about–hope and renewal.
It’s interesting that Paul, one who experienced rejection, beatings and imprisonment, and also one of the earliest writers in the Christian community, was explicit about this:
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
It is this message that captures the tired spirit and points it toward hope and renewal.
Everything old has passed away; see, everything old has become new, Paul continues. (2 Corinthians 5:17b)
Those who believed that Jesus’ ministry had ended with such finality in his crucifixion and death, report that death is not the end, after all.
There is more. Paul knows it’s unexplainable and beyond proving. To believe that hope is alive and the promise is renewed, requires an act of faith.
If we believe that grief and despair give birth to hope and new life, we act like it. And if we act like it, we discover it is so. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
It’s a story for times like these.