There’s a disturbing Hollywood movie formula that I just don’t understand. A movie-maker decides to make a movie about a fascinating person whose life goes from despair to hope. They get a great actor, a great director, a great cinematographer, a great screenwriter, etc. and go about chronicling every horrific event of the fascinating individual’s life (for example: “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Walk the Line,” and “Unbroken,” just to name a few). We sit through addiction, torture, and unimaginable grief for at least a couple of hours until, finally, the breakthrough: the job interview, the recovery from addiction, the end of the war. But, in all of Hollywood’s wisdom, we get about five minutes of that hope and the movie’s over. Really?! Two hours of despair and five minutes of hope? Hope was just getting started!
In our reading this Sunday from the prophet Isaiah (61:1-11) we get THE BEGINNING of the revealing of God’s hope. God has promised an everlasting covenant, unwavering faithfulness, abundant love, tireless work for restoration and wholeness, the list goes on and on. This Sunday, the promises tear loose and take over! In God’s Word, hope doesn’t last five minutes…it lasts FOREVER!
Trust me, you do not want to miss this. We’ve experienced the unfolding of God’s interaction with the world beginning in Genesis 1 & 2, and now God’s insistence and persistence to love and bless the world lets loose!
Buckle up, brothers and sisters in Christ, the HOPE we have been given in and through God’s relationship with us and all the world is just getting started! Where will the opening up of that hope take us? What will it shake loose and break free for the sake of the world?
I…CAN’T…WAIT! Anyone else?! Amen?!
See you Sunday!