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Extravaganza 2018 Theme

The cross changes everything.

Jesus Christ, crucified and resurrected, is the pivotal event of human history.  And this truth then raises important questions: Now what? What’s next? Where do God’s people go from the cross? How do we live out these gifts in the world? What direction do we go?

The temptation is for us to confuse what we want, with what God wants. We know there is a direction forward, but it can be hard to find. God’s people pray for guidance.

Following Jesus’ death and resurrection, his disciples were heartbroken. Their movement, they feared, had fractured, and they felt dejected and defeated. Two of them were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaeus when a stranger appeared out of nowhere.

The stranger accompanied them along their walk, asked questions, and then explained to them everything that had happened. When he broke the bread in the sharing of their meal, their eyes were opened and they recognized the resurrected Jesus.

“Were not our hearts burning while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). They rushed back to the other disciples and told them what they had seen. “It is true!” They said.

During a time that the disciples did not know the way, Jesus guided them. God’s children found the way forward.

Jesus’ disciples in 2017 live in a chaotic and fast-moving world. We continue to stand at the foot of the cross and we recognize that yes, it still changes and transforms. 

We wonder where our stranger on the road may be?

But we know that we are not alone. We know that God journeys alongside us. And we know that empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit, and listening to the words of Jesus, we will hear and follow and we will find the way.

And ultimately, we place our trust in the promises of Jesus, who boldly reminds his followers: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life."

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