But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" And Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
(Mark 14:61-62 ESV)
40,000 Blue Jay fans leapt to their feet yelling “Yeah” when Justin Smoak hit a grand slam homer yesterday afternoon. Maybe a million more joined me from our easy chairs – it had been a dark beginning to the baseball season for Jays fans.
Yesterday millions of us around the world should have been jumping from our pews cheering the resurrection of Jesus. We were likely a bit more restrained in our expressions but in the darkness of life we need his light and life.
Our friend Bruce stayed with us one night recently and we listened as he spoke of the quiet hope he is living in as he grieves the loss of his wife this past summer. She died with resurrection hope and he lives it richly in his sorrow.
My conversations with many of you have been around hope in the face of loss of marriage, health, employment, friendships and all the normal concerns for our world. Jesus is today at the right hand of power and we live expectantly that the world’s brokenness will be finally healed in his own time.
A Prayer for Today
Risen Christ, today you sit at the right hand of Power. You have defeated sin and death but we still groan as we wait for that to be demonstrated completely. Deep in my soul I know this is true but so much evil still rears its head, I sometimes can’t make sense of it. But you empower us for good and to do good in the hope of the resurrection …. For Jesus’ sake