Restored to Hope and Purpose

John, after asserting that the heavens and earth couldn’t contain all that there is to say about Jesus, wraps up his gospel with deep, personal pictures of restoration. We see Mary meeting Jesus at the tomb after she has been weeping, Thomas meeting Jesus after he has been doubting, and Peter meeting Jesus after he has failed and betrayed him miserably. For us, here two days before Christmas, we are encouraged to bring our questions, our doubts, and our struggles — and see how meeting Jesus can restore us as well!

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