Esther & Easter

Christ Is Risen!
Christ Is Risen, Indeed!

Nearly five-hundred years before Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, the exiled Jewish people looked for an earthly leader for their salvation from genocide.
In grief & despair, the Jewish people yearned for a future filled with hope.

Queen Vashti led the way, embracing the image of God within. Mordecai refused to deny God, defying the powerful and honoring his faith.
And then a young Esther rose to the challenge, risking all for her people.

Though an imperfect salvation, the Jewish people in the empire survived evil.
Because Esther acted in “just such a time as this.”

Through the days of hope for a new King David, to a last supper with our rabbi Jesus, to the shock of Good Friday we have journeyed.
Our hope died on the cross at the hands of the powerful Roman empire.

We yearn for a sign, an affirmation that evil will not have the final say in our world. We crave hope.
Early on Sunday, the women went to the tomb. 

The tomb was empty! The expansive love of God cannot be defeated. God’s love and justice overcomes evil and even death.
In just such a time as this,
Esther risked all for love of neighbor.

In just such a time as this, Christ arose!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! HALLELUJAH

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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Posted in Call to Worship, Days of the Church, Easter, Esther, Esther 4:1-17, Esther 4:14-17, Luke, Luke 24, Luke 24:1-12, New Testament, Old Testament

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