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CEO Message of HOPE

April 13, 2020

From grief and uncertainty to hope and vision ... that is the story of the death and resurrection of Christ.

The events leading up to his death and resurrection undoubtedly filled Jesus’ disciples and followers with unimaginable uncertainty and grief. His closest followers would not fully understand the fulfillment of both Old Testament prophecy and Jesus own prophetic words until after his resurrection, when he dwelt among them. It wasn’t until then that they finally understood the promises of God. It wasn’t until then that their grief turned to hope.

A more personal example is the experience of Simon Peter. Peter, shortly after vowing not to, denies knowing Jesus, not once, but three times. Can you imagine the grief he felt after hearing the rooster crow and remembering that Jesus had told him that would happen? That grief turns to hope when, after the resurrection, Jesus asks Peter again three times “Do you love me?” Jesus then recommissions Peter, telling him to ... “feed my sheep”. Peter was the rock upon which the early church was built. Jesus used a flawed person for his purposes. He moved Peter from grief to hope.

And just like Peter, Jesus is now calling us through the darkness to bring glory to him ... to feed his sheep. In these days of Coronavirus despair, only Jesus can truly turn our uncertainty and grief into hope and vision. I believe that God is preparing us, preparing us with a vision for a bright future, serving him in our mission of Christian education.
The promises of God in Jeremiah 29:11 remind us and say it best ... “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

While the events and circumstances around us may suggest despair, as followers of Christ, we know our hope and our vision for the future is in the Lord.

Jeff

P.S. Hope you had a blessed Easter and a great and restful Spring Break.

”If God is your Father, the Son is your Savior, and the Spirit is your in dwelling Helper, you have hope no matter what you’re facing.” Paul David Tripp