Friday, April 6, 2012

Movement Momentum

I suppose it is real.  It is actually just about all I have talked about for the last three weeks.  It must be real even though it still seems a bit foggy.  The move is on.

I can tell that it is on because we have been seeing much more of our real estate agent lately.  Contracts to e-sign, decisions to make, things moved into storage, photos from every angle, online is the stuff of the modern move.

Most moves take some level of momentum to accomplish the task.  You know momentum...the big mo some would say.  In football, when you have it, every one is smiles.  When you lose it, heads begin to hang and eyes start searching the ground.

Momentum is also a spiritual reality.  We have just walked together through the season of Lent.  It starts in darkness and ashes but ultimately ends up with the flames and wind of Pentecost.  And along the way, the momentum grows.  It increased as we arrived at Holy Week.  We gained ground and caught a glimmer of the mystery on Thursday evening.  But there seems to be a bit of a stopping spot (or at least a slow down) as we turn the corner in to the Friday we all call Good.

Momentum stops.  It stops like the when the sun stopped shining in the sixth hour of that sacred Friday on Calvary.  The sign said, "This is the king of the Jews."  But the words were written as a mockery.  Momentum seemed to stop, or at least shifted to the opposing team.

But Jesus had a surprise!  What do you think, did he know about Sunday morning when he breathed his last on Friday afternoon?

The move it on.  In reality it is not about you and me.  It is not about houses and agents.  It is the movement from death to life!  Now that is a shift that requires momentum.  It is dependent on the grace of God and we all know that the grace of God is a powerful reality.

So if you feel like momentum is shifting away from you...breathe deep, take a moment, read these words; "It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.' When he had said this, he breathed his last."

No consider the words of the Centurion who was listening to those words.  He saw what happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."

Momentum moves stones!  Momentum causes death to become life!  I guess another way to spell momentum is with an "E".  Happy Easter!

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