Resurrection - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

At the beginning of Holy Week, it feels fitting to turn our minds to the triumphant destination that is the resurrection. Certainly the events that lie between then and today are the bleakest in the gospel stories. Suffering and betrayal await in the events of these next days, and yet even as we remember them, we can also anticipate the glory of the victory that awaits on Easter Sunday.

Perhaps that was also true for Jesus; that as he lived through the trials and rejections he could also look forward to the ultimate victory. It is definitely a model and example for us – that although struggle and suffering are part of our lives, we too can look forward to the promise of God: that we are saved through our faith.

Eternal life may feel out of reach, perhaps thankfully, for many of us. But the promise of that salvation and the unearned love it represents, can comfort and reassure us now. God calls us to an abundant life, through belief in Jesus. God wants us to embrace each day secure in his love and guided by Jesus’ teaching that we might live fully.

Jesus is the life! And with that joyous affirmation – for now, as well as at the end of our days – we can live with the assurance of God’s love and support.

All-conquering God, open my soul to hear Your call to life. Sustain me with your perpetual strength, that I can live sure of your love and blessings, tackling the challenges of this world with grace and persistence. Remind me each day of the power of Your resurrection that I may walk in Your eternal hope. Amen.

John 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.