I grew up in the days of MacGyver, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and (oh yes) The A Team. They weren’t Shakespeare but I recently discovered MacGyver was beloved enough by America to land on Netflix…nice. In my introduction to nighttime dramas through these contemporary classics I learned an important storytelling tool, the cliffhanger. Will Scarecrow be booted from “The Agency?” Will Murdoc finally destroy MacGyver? Will the plan come together this time for the A Team? Wait and see – next season is just around the corner!
Our 5-week journey through the Bread of Life comes to a close this Sunday and, nearly 2,000 years before the glory of 1980s television, the story wraps up with a cliffhanger. It’s not looking good for Jesus and the disciples at the end of John 6. They’ve risen to great heights with a large following but things are deteriorating rapidly. Will it be the end for our Messiah and his ragtag crew?
Because we know about Easter morning, it may not feel like a cliffhanger. But if we were living it with those disciples, following this Jesus who was so polarizing, the feeling may have been dramatically different. It may be a feeling you know well.
Has it ever felt like your life could go either way? That you are on a path that could very well lead to isolation, grief, regret or despair with a very small chance of redemption? If so, you’re not alone. Someone’s walking with you and carrying you every step of the way who knows all about. Jesus is well acquainted with the small odds of hope. But in Jesus’ hands a small amount is more than enough. Just wait and see!
See you Sunday…