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John Santic on The Good News

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

This entry is a part of an on-going blog series called The Good News, which is taking place throughout the Easter Season, from Easter to Pentecost. A full list of the contributors can be found here. John’s local newspaper is the the Vancouver Sun. Here is John Santic on the Good News.

THE GOOD NEWS

What is there to look forward to?

If you survey the world’s political, social, and economic situations of our day, the outlook appears dismal. There is much to discourage the most optimistic face when we see the global ethos of power move in a direction as barbaric as the dark ages behind us. As a global story, one might say the world is increasingly competitive and violent. This spirit is lived out in a personal, national, and global level and although there is absence of war (in some places) that does not mean there is peace. There is a facade of peace girded by nuclear might and bound in an ever increasing cycle of self power preservation. What, in this story, is there to look forward to?

2000 years ago history changed course. The man Jesus arrived on the scene preaching a peace that runs deeper than the absence of war; a peace marked by total well being for mankind and friendship with God. There were eye witness accounts of how this peasant singlehandedly turned the Empire of his time, the Pax Romana, upside down. Not only did he preach peace, he spoke of a new type of government, greater than any earthly political system. He spoke of the Kingdom of God. He announced it with miraculous works and gathered a nucleus of people to carry on his actions. But he was killed…killed because his compassion and love criticized the religious and political empire. He embraced the crucifixion the world threw at him and did not resist so as to not compromise his message of love. They couldn’t handle the peace he offered because it exposed the brutality of humanity gone awry. But that didn’t hold him back. Something wonderful happened. Jesus rose from the dead….pass it on.

Jesus embodies the truth first whispered at the beginning of time. It’s the truth about what it means to be human. It’s different from the dehumanizing narrative of power and control dominating us and every empire past. It’s the truth about how all creation is good. Mankind created to relate freely in order for love between God and humans to be true. True Love risked rejection and gave us our own wills in order for love to be reciprocated. But we turned away because we thought we knew best and exchanged life for an illusion that we could be like God. We turned and cursed ourselves and every subsequent generation to eventual death. We need to be saved.

The story goes that Jesus is God, a king, who invaded this world and died for his subjects to demonstrate immeasurable grace and institute his restorative Kingdom. He died and rose again so all of creation could be renovated and governed by his justice, reign, and peace, no longer subject to death, but with him in eternal right relationship. All this because he loves us beyond our comprehension. His love invites all to come and be part of his people that embody God’s peace in order to share it with the world toward the healing of all things. God is shaking people free from sin and calling them to participate in His saving of the world. This adventure is something worth jumping into and the future result is something definitely to look forward to! Are you in?

John Santic is a husband, father, software sales professional, and blogger. He grew up in the East End of Vancouver and was very familiar with life on the wrong side of the tracks, until 10 years ago when he heard the invitation to follow Jesus. He has since made several steps forward and some back trying to figure out what being faithful to the call of Christ means. John is studying in his spare time toward a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Carey Theological College and is passionate about communicating God’s dream of restoration. He is married to Christiene and they have three wonderful kids that keep them busy. You can find John’s Writing online at his blog Toward Hope.


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