by Anton Lim, Barrie Campus, has served hosting Sunday mornings, with the ConnexusLIVE Online team, and in Starting Point and Small Group leading.
Welcome to Day 24 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us for the conclusion of our devotional!
Each day for the last 24 days as a church, we read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and posted a devotion on it.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.
Need to catch up? Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along. Today’s devotion is below.
READ Luke 24
Have you ever completed this thought, “If only I could have that…”?
Whatever season of life we’re in, we often long for something to have or to happen. Maybe hoping for something in the area of finances, of property, or even in a relationship.
“It” is going to make life that much more satisfying. But then we got “it” or “it” happened, but it didn’t deliver on the promise. Or worse yet, “it” was taken from you.
The hope of that experience gone; that something didn’t happen.
We are unsatisfied.
I have had my fair share of these experiences or rather, the lack of them. I put so much hope into a plan that when it doesn’t yield the results I expected, I am left hopeless. It happens at work, in my family, in my life’s pursuits.
Luke 24:13-33 describes a similar experience.
Two of Jesus’ followers were describing all that had happened to this person of Jesus, leading to his eventual death. In Luke 24:20, they reveal their dashed hopes.
They were hoping Jesus was going to “redeem Israel,” but then he was “sentenced to death, and they crucified him.”
Up until Jesus’ death, everything seemed to point towards the nation of Israel being freed from Roman occupation. All the teaching, all the miracles, all the signs pointed towards freedom. Everything seemed to be going according to plan. And then the leader of it all, Jesus, was crucified.
Life was now confusing and hopeless.
But that wasn’t the plan.
Rather, the freedom that was being promised through Jesus was not political freedom, but a spiritual one. All humanity was imprisoned by their own sin. We were our own worst enemy and that was keeping us separated from any relationship with God. Jesus’ life and death was part of the plan to restore that relationship. And as these followers of Jesus later discovered, his resurrection demonstrated a powerful victory over sin and death.
Through all this, Jesus was offering himself as the only way back into a relationship with God – a way back – forever.
At the end of this journey and the end of the plan was Jesus himself.
Have you ever considered that putting hope in temporal things will always leave you unsatisfied?
We want more, or newer, or better, but in the end we’re still unsatisfied.
Have ever consider we’re longing for something that won’t expire, hoping for something that is eternal?
I – like many people who are part of Connexus –have experienced a great satisfaction in life as we’ve entered into a relationship with Jesus. And together we continue to create a church that unchurched people love to attend so they too can enter into a relationship with Jesus, too.
That’s the hope we’ve had for you during this 24-day devotional journey – to meet Jesus in a way you haven’t before.
A relationship with him awaits and we invite you to enter into it.
Though our time together in this devotional ends, the journey can continue.
True hope is not found in something, but in someone.
The journey to hope is walking in a relationship with Jesus.
If the person of Jesus is still new or confusing to you, continue reading about Jesus in the book of John. Even the original followers of Jesus had to have Jesus himself walk them through the Bible to understand who he was! Check out Starting Point!
If life seems hopeless, take pause to consider how a relationship with Jesus is the greatest hope. Stop running after the temporal and start running to the eternal.
The world, your friends, your colleagues, your family is hoping for something to change their life. Invite others to join you at Connexus to continue the journey to discover hope, to discover Jesus.
Have you put your faith in Jesus? Follow Jesus by being baptized.
Jesus, I want to continue understanding who you are. I want to understand how entering into a relationship with you can become my greatest hope in life. Thank you for your great sacrifice, being my hope when I was hopeless.