Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jesus’ “Triumphal” Entry
The arrival of Jesus and his followers for the Passover celebration evokes a tumultuous response from the people of Jerusalem.  The very nature of his entry into the city calls to mind heroic images from their past … from the promise of the prophets and from their historic struggle against the powers of empire.  It begins a series of events that bring hope to an oppressed people even as they challenge the economic, religious and political leadership of the region and threaten to provoke the Roman authority.  But it is for this that Jesus has come:  to proclaim God’s truth and God’s sovereignty at the center of power.  He will fulfill this divine calling, regardless of consequence.  Today we enter into Jerusalem and into the celebrations of Holy Week as Jesus leads us to the cross and beyond.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

“When I am lifted up”
March 15,2015

Jesus says, “I will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).  And again, he says “the Son of Man will be lifted up, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness” for the salvation of all who will believe.  Many regard these poignant statements as specific references to the crucifixion that awaits him in Jerusalem.  Certainly for believers the death and resurrection of Jesus are pivotal events of human history.  But is there not even more that he is saying in these prophetic lines?  Is he not calling to be lifted up by people of faith – in the midst of a broken and searching world – as an invitation to gather to him and the life-giving Spirit he bears!  From the wilderness wandering to the highways and bi-ways of the modern world, we will explore what it means for Christ, the living grace of God, to be lifted up and made plain for all to see.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Peace of God
March 8, 2015

In its fullest sense, the peace of God is far greater than simply the absence of hostility and violence, a truce between combatants.  The best definition of the Hebrew "shalom" and the Greek "eirene" in Scripture is "everything as God intends," and the peace that obtains from that.  These words describe the original, pristine beauty God creates and the harmony God calls forth in all creation. 

When Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers," he reveals that peace is more than just the absence of war.  He tells us frankly that making peace is every bit as intentional and active as making war.  In a world that is fallen from its original beauty and harmony, God is calling forth people to work, to strive, even to sacrifice for peace.  In the season of Lent we will focus on the peace that God intends for all creation and our calling as peacemakers in a broken and often violent world.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015