Lost & Found
Easter Sunday: On the Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-25 • April 12, 2020 • Jon Thompson
"Many of us have at times walked the Emmaus road, wondering where God is...when all along He walks beside us." — Randy Alcorn Jesus is risen. He is alive. He defeated death, rescuing us from the consequences of our sin, forging a way for the lost to be found. The resurrection of Jesus is the point at which the history of the world turns. No longer are we destined to travel alone. Jesus meets us on our journey. Through your pain and doubt, wrestling and wandering, he walks beside you—patiently waiting for you to open your heart and see that the Living God is ready to welcome you home.
April 10, 2020 • Jon Thompson
The idea of death haunts most of humanity. And understandably so—if we imagine a future without Jesus. Jesus' death defeated the reign of darkness. The finality of death was replaced with a semi-colon. For believers, we are freed from the suffocating weight of death's empty threats of loneliness and isolation. Jesus has found us. His death has made a way for the lost to come home. As we mourn and reflect this Good Friday, may we take heaven's perspective on the matter: this was not a mistake; it was the start of a revolution. It is finished—but it's not over.
Friend of Sinners
Luke 15:1-10 • April 5, 2020 • Jon Thompson
Crisis exposes us. When our normal routines are disrupted, we realize the limitations of money, sex, and power. At some point, we are forced to confront the jarring truth that we are fragile, flawed, and unable to save ourselves—that we need something, or someone, greater than what the world has to offer. Jesus is that someone. He calls us home, not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of who he is and what he’s already finished.
The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37 • March 29, 2020 • Jon Thompson
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus made some shocking claims; statements that only make sense if we accept his identity as God in the flesh. As a teacher, Jesus used parables to reveal truths about God’s character and humanity’s condition. He told stories—like the one about the Good Samaritan—that forced his audience to ponder deeply personal questions: Who am I in the story? Who are my neighbours? Am I willing to not only accept God’s love, but express it to the world? Our answers determine how we live. How do you respond?