Is Jesus Hidden?

WOW, it’s hard to believe Easter is this Sunday.

It kind of snuck up on us this year.  I know that I have been more focused on the Word of God these past few weeks knowing that Easter is here, but it still seems like I am not ready.  As we have moved through our “Hidden Heroes” series, I have enjoyed watching God use unlikely and unknown characters to shape His kingdom and accomplish His purpose.  This gives me much hope for the future of our church and God’s plan for our nation knowing that God can and will use ANYONE who is on His side to do His work.

Our heroine last week was Rhoda. A young servant who showed us that if we are bought in to Jesus, if we stay the course and listen for God, we can make a big difference in the lives and faith of those around us.  We are reminded by her that age is not a barrier to serving.  We must have high expectations for our children.  They are capable of understanding God’s plan much younger than most of us assume.  We must teach them about Christ and encourage them to follow and serve Him.  Ultimately the decision is theirs, but I cringe at the thought of one child not hearing the message from his or her believing parents.  God has a little army in our kids.  We need to arm them for battle spiritually so God can use them.

As we look forward to next week, we will look at the biggest hero of them all.  I know our series is “Hidden Heroes”, but we will see that in many ways and to many people and for many reasons Jesus is hidden.  It is so important that we do not allow Him to stay hidden.  This was a thrust of much of Jesus teaching…

Luke 8:16-17 (NIV)
16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

These verses remind us that we sometimes do hide the truth of the gospel and the wonder of Jesus.  Why else would Jesus have said this? Sunday we will ask why we hide Him and then we will discover  how we can bring Him into the full light for all to see in our lives.  I am excited that it is Easter Sunday.

Come expecting to meet a risen Savior.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Jeff