This Changes Everything

Don’t you love plot twists? You know, that moment when a character’s entire paradigm of perception shifts and they say something like, “Well..this changes everything.” A few of my favorite plot twists are included in books like The Stand by Stephen King, and movies like How to Train a Dragon, and  The Adjustment Bureau, and TV shows like “Lost” and “The Walking Dead.” In a short time, the whole world, or even a character’s perception of the whole world, can completely change. 

However, I am not so much a fan of our current plot twist.

Sitting here in our uncertainty is helping me imagine what it must have been like after the Resurrection of Jesus. There were many perceptions of who Jesus was and what He was supposed to do, and it was in those moments where the human perceptions and plans clashed with God’s bigger plan, and that changed everything.

  • Jewish Perception: If Jesus is the Messiah, he will be a great King and deliver us from Herod’s reign to become a great nation.  
  • God’s Perception: Through my Son’s short life and death you will gain great power to give hope and free people from the bondage of shallow lives. I will be made great through my people.

Those perceptions look very different. 

Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies written about the Messiah, showing that He was who He said He was. The power of the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, and supernatural events occurred, which fulfilled the promise Jesus made before His ascension. This should have given the people peace and certainty, however, some of them were still holding onto old perceptions.

In Acts 2:25-28, Peter reminds them of the certainty they can have in Jesus by quoting a Psalm they all knew very well (Psalms 16:8-11).

“David said about Him:
‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’”

If you’re like me, you have probably asked yourself questions like, “What does going back to normal look like?” “How are we going to get out of this?” “Who is going to solve this?” 

The answer is…us. 

We are supposed to be the Hope bringers instead of toilet paper hoarders. We should be sharing with and caring for those around us. That’s what Peter did. He provided assurance to those who were blindsided by the plot twist of Jesus’ death, and here we are feeling a bit blindsided today. However, we must remember that because the Lord is at our right hand, we will not be shaken.

I want to hear from YOU!

My family and I are looking for new ways to bring hope to others. What are some ways that you have shared help, hope, and love to people around you during these uncertain times? Please share your ideas in the comments below. 

We will get through this together!

In His Service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

3 thoughts on “This Changes Everything

  1. Thank you for this “stop and think” message. We are, through God’s guidance beginning a new chapter in our lives. We don’t look back, unless it is to correct wrongs that need righting. Let us be a kinder, gentler example of God’s influence in our lives,Read our bibles, and learn from past mistakes. Thank you Shawn for awakening us to being better children of God.

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  2. Thanks for reminding us to be better stewards for Jesus Christ. Grateful for technology that allows us to reach out to others while we isolate at home.


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