What a blessed Holy Week we had at Prospect! Taking ourselves back in time, we remembered that The Story seemed to experience a tragic conclusion at the Crucifixion. Whoever Jesus of Nazareth had been would be up the historians to debate, but as they removed his lifeless body from the cross, one thing seemed clear: this was not the Messiah. This moment was not what they had hoped for...and it certainly was not “Good News.”
The Story, however, was far from over. When the women arrived on Sunday morning, they found the tomb empty. They and the apostles (and soon enough all the faithful) came to learn that Jesus had risen from the dead!
But even Resurrection Sunday wasn’t the end of The Story. On the contrary, that Sunday was re- vealed to be the start of a new creation. Early Christians called that Sunday the Eighth Day-the day when God could again walk together in harmony with the children He had been pursuing so faithfully, so desperately, for soooo long.
And we are still seeking and searching for the The Story’s inevitable resolution.
William Pilkenton was one month short of his eighth birthday. His family had traveled from the state of Washington to British Columbia for a vacation. He and his father were walking up from the beach when his father turned to look for him and realized he was gone.
When children go missing, fathers start looking. And so did this one. Before long, the entire community was helping him search for this missing child. Search and rescue crews scoured the area. Search coordinator Garth Cameron said, “I don’t think there’s a square foot in this town that doesn’t have foot- prints.” The search continued, faithfully, diligently...desperately, until young William was found!
When children go missing, parents go looking. And that’s what God has done. There’s not a square foot on earth that doesn’t have his footprints. He began searching for them the moment Adam and Eve made a choice and lost their way. He sent the nation of Israel looking. He sent his Son to “seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Today he sends his Church. In Acts 1:8 we discover the heart of God’s search and rescue plan:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”