Easter is now over for another year but, before we pack away the cross and look forward to the summer holidays let’s continue to reflect on a central part of the experience. To do that I offer a brief thought for my Easter Sunday evening sermon; Jesus walks with us.
After the euphoric reminder of just how much God loves us, so wonderfully revealed at Easter, are we tempted to assume during the rest of the year that we’re not quite sure how close Jesus is? That is often my assumption when I hear different prayer requests. I’m sure it’s not intended but so often I’m asked to pray with people in a way that betrays a lack of belief that God really cares about us every day. The reality of the Emmaus Road experience is that at their weakest, darkest hour, in the midst of the greatest fear and deepest concern they had ever faced, Jesus was right there accompanying them all the way. Even when they assumed all was lost, even thought their hopes were dashed and their dreams shattered, Jesus was there. And that promise is for us too.
Whatever we go through, Jesus is with us. Wherever we stray, Jesus is close at hand. Whenever we are in need Jesus wants to meet us and fulfill that need. Our role is to trust Him, and that level of trust demands that we take seriously the promises of scripture which should be burned on our hearts. Matthew 28:20, Jesus says; ‘surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Hebrews 13:5 promises ‘God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’
In the light of the Easter promises that we have celebrated together, let me encourage us all to believe these promises and to pray in the light of them. God really does love you and God really will provide all we need as we seek to honour Him and live for Him through the whole of the year. Why not try to pray in the realization of that promise?