A crisis can be the seed of a new opportunity.
Well, the Easter weekend is upon us and it looks completely different than it ever has before. But we believe that God will work as powerfully as ever this weekend as we remember Jesus and His sacrifice for each of us. I wrote the following today and wanted to share it with you all as we step into a brand-new church experience this Easter season. I pray it blesses you and helps you see with fresh eyes what God is doing in the midst of our country-wide lockdown.
After all, the Easter story reminds us – a crisis can be the seed of a new opportunity.
For the first followers of Jesus, there was no greater crisis than His crucifixion. They suffered confusion, disappointment, concern; everything they’d believed for seemed over and done with. As Jesus breathed His last, they felt the wind knocked out of them. With Him died their hopes and dreams for what the future could be.
Yet this crisis was exactly what God required to establish a new way. A new beginning, a new day, a new opportunity that would change things forever. Opportunity and crisis are linked both in the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection and often also in our own life experiences.
Crisis can be a great revealer. How we respond often tells us something about who we are, about our strengths and weaknesses. The crisis of Jesus’ death caused His followers to scatter. Overwhelmed by the circumstances (as anyone could be), they went back to old ways of living. Sadly, what had happened to Jesus did not bring out the best in them.
And yet a few days later, Jesus shows up. He calls them over and makes them breakfast on the beach. He understands what they’ve been through. He doesn’t blame them for abandoning the dream that had burnt so brightly and deeply in their hearts.
Jesus shows up with love and grace, neither judgement nor condemnation, and suddenly a new opportunity arises, one that could not have come about without the crisis and the pain that preceded it.
Maybe our current crisis is the opportunity God will use to establish something new in our world, our lives and our hearts …
Our prayer is that God will stir our hearts to respond to the new opportunities before us and that we’ll see the fresh wind of the Spirit breathe on our initiatives.
This Easter time, remember that our greatest fears are no match for His great love.
‘“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 15:55–57 NIV).
Love, blessings and Happy Easter from our family to yours,
Hillsong Church Africa