Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here…Easter is approaching. In my opinion it is the most significant time of the year to share Christ. Although there is a lot of indifference to faith issues in our society, at the same time there seems to be a lot of interest in spiritual things. Easter is one of the best times of the year to scratch where many in your community are itching.
I remember reading several years back that the miniseries, “Jesus” was the first TV show to top the ratings over the hit “Who wants to be a millionaire.” I watched that miniseries. Later, that same evening on “Larry King Live”, he had guest Deepak Chopra promoting his new book “How to Know God.” Larry announced tomorrow’s guest as Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham-Lotz, promoting her book, “Just Give Me Jesus.” At the same time nine of the ten top grossing Hollywood films at the time all had spiritual overtones or supernatural themes (often evil spiritual themes). Some have said North America is experiencing a spiritual revival, however, this is the first time the Church has not been leading it.
There is no lack of spiritual hunger or thirst. People by nature are continuing to seek at least three things in an attempt to satisfy their spiritual cravings:
We are all looking for transcendence—that marvelous sense of wanting to know God, the mystical, the reverence, the divine. We wish to solve the dilemma of the God-shaped vacuum in our heart that only God can fill and satisfy. Jesus’ core message appeals to the transcendent. Mark 1:15(NLT) states, “The kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this good news!” Jesus assures us we can know God. He made sure of that at the Cross. In the movie “Forest Gump”, Forest is watching a Bob Hope Christmas special on television with his commanding army officer. Lt. Dan asks Forest, “Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?” Forest is a simple man who answers, “I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.” People are looking but will they find it in Jesus? Tell them. Show them this Easter.
Everyone needs a purpose for living—to have a reason to get out of bed each morning. Jesus addresses this in Mark 1:17 (NLT) saying: “Come, be my disciples and I will show you how to fish for people!” A pastor was on a plane talking to his seat-mate, a CEO of a Fortune 500 Corporation. He was a poster-child for the American dream. The pastor shared that his life’s work was to passionately share the love of Christ and connect people to Jesus and their incredible potential in Him. The CEO’s response was, “I would give anything to do something so meaningful!”
Lastly, everyone needs someone. We need to be connected into meaningful relationships. The Church offers this to a world yearning authenticity. Even Jesus needed a small group of twelve.
The Trinity represents these three needs:
1. The Father calls us to know Him which satisfies our need for transcendence.
2. The Son’s commission offers us significance.
3. The Holy Spirit’s comfort draws us into community.
We can offer all of this. The very yearnings, deep in the hearts of the dear people in our cities, towns and neighbourhoods can be satisfied this Easter. Let’s all ask the Lord for one individual with which to share these truths this next week. That’s a dangerous prayer. One God loves to answer.
Have a blessed week,