It’s the day after the unthinkable happened to the disciples. They didn’t understand why Jesus chose to die on the cross for their sins and for ours, and that tomorrow, Sunday, He would live again. Then everything, EVERYTHING! would be changed forever.
For now, though, as the disciples huddled in fear and terror that they would also be killed as followers of Jesus, another man was likely celebrating that the “Jesus Problem” had been, he thought, dealt with by the Sanhedrin, decisively and finally.
That was Paul. He, too, was headed to a miraculous encounter, on the road to Damascus with the Risen Savior who would change everything for him. Years later, Paul would then share with the believers at Rome these incredible truths about Jesus Christ and about them:
“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
“Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more has been raised; He is also at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.
“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
“As it is written: Because of you, we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”
Where are you today? Are you, as you work on Capitol Hill, like Paul on this Saturday two millennia past, part of the governing class, educated, respected, confident, trusted with power by those above you over the lives of men and women out there in America? Blind to your true condition?
Or are you like the disciples on Saturday, full of despair, confusion, frustration, anger, hopelessness? There is no misery like the misery of being without hope. Trust me, I know, I’ve been there, too.
On the other hand, maybe you are just floating along, carried by the events of the day to … where? Do you know why you are on this Earth? What is the purpose of your life? What happens to you after you die? These are important questions everybody wrestles with in their own way.
I met Him on my road to Damascus and so can you. If you want to know more, let’s talk. For now, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And when the coronavirus isolation and social distancing are past us, we can, if you like, get together in person and continue a conversation that will change your life forever.