We will see Jesus Again

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Learning for Life9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: April 22, 2018

Newsletter: April 2018

Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:11,12; Psalm 84; John 16:16-22;


Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Everyday life can come with pain and anguish. These past few weeks have brought that truth home once again in a terrible way.

On the last night of his life, Jesus sat with his friends knowing pain and death were coming for him in the morning. He knew his friends didn’t understand. And in the midst of his own fear, he tried to console them.

Let’s be clear: he tells them to expect anguish and pain too. Jesus doesn’t link all human anguish and pain to a lack of knowledge or spiritual development. In fact, knowing Jesus might even intensify the suffering.

Well, thanks for the good news! Why are you telling us this?!

Jesus pleads with his friends to hold on until the end: “In a little while, you will see me… I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy… I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!”

Christians do mourn. Christians mourn as they realize more and more just how far the world is from being what it could be. They long to see Jesus again. The more you know Jesus, the more his absence hurts.

But Christians do not mourn without hope. One day, the mourning will turn to celebration.

I can’t help but hear Bono from U2 singing these very words:

“In a little while,
Surely you’ll be mine.
In a little while, I’ll be there”

“In a little while,
This hurt will hurt no more.
I’ll be home, love.”

Listen to the whole song: In a little while

As often is the case, U2 lyrics’ in this song seems to express a longing and hope beyond a simple youthful romance. As Bono tells us in this video, Joey Ramone of influential punk band The Ramones fame, asked to hear this song as he passed away.

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