Pastor's Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I Won’t Abandon You   Jesus is aware that “his hour is coming” when he will leave this world and return to the Father (John 13:3). He is saying “goodbye.” Yet he is preparing himself and his disciples to live on with faith and hope through a challenging situation. As we know, his departure from this world is not exactly a triumphant one, accompanied with applause and recognition, but rather a painful and humiliating one, where he will be insulted, tortured, convicted of a crime he did not commit, and despised by almost everyone in higher places. In the face of this terrorizing reality, Jesus continues to encourage his disciples to avoid giving into their fears, and to continue believing in the power of love, self-sacrifice and service.   This situation could have led Jesus’ followers to hate the people who were trying to destroy him, or perhaps even to seek revenge. But Jesus always insisted on a loving response.  Perhaps this situation could lead the ordinary person to lose faith completely, or to abandon all hope. But Jesus never lost hope. He maintained, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you. In a short time, […]

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