And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.
(Luke 4:28-29, NASB)
Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
(John 10:39, NIV)
Jesus‘ ministry was only three years long. They were years filled with crowds, chaos, and capture attempts. There was controversy, conflict, and betrayal. By today's standards, Jesus was chronically homeless. He paid his taxes from money found in a fish. He was not understood by the religious elite, and He was rejected in his hometown. His years of ministry were concluded by the events of Gethsemane, loneliness, and ultimately crucifixion. If the story stopped there, Jesus' ministry would be considered a total failure. But we know the story doesn't end in year three. Instead year four - and all of the years after it - are marked with resurrection.
Many of us are living in year three. Things seem to be going from bad to worse. Our friends feel distant. Authorities are working against us. Our prayers are being answered in ways that break our heart. We are asking ourselves what could possibly happen next.
Resurrection could happen next.