Apr 7, 2006

Why people leave (stay away from) the "churches"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

-- John 20:14

People go to church early on Sunday mornings, but they find it to be either spiritually or physically empty. "We've come to see Jesus, please sir" they say, just like the Greeks before them. Just as that moment marked the beginning of the climax of Jesus' Earthly ministry and the beginning of his passion, so that moment marks the turning point in our church lives.

"They've taken my Lord away, and I don't know where they've put him!" It is at this point that we turn away from the empty tomb (or sanctuary) to face Jesus the Christ. What happens next – recognition or blindness – makes all the difference. It was for this we came to the tomb.

But how then will we know him?

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