The story of Jesus is the best story ever. The Passion Week is it's most dramatic chapter.
It's a story of extremes.
Extreme love countered by extreme hate.
Extreme rejection countered by extreme forgiveness.
Entry on a donkey. Exit under a cross.
Welcomed as King. Led out of town as a convict.
There are some lessons for us in this amazing story.
Sometimes life isn't fair, but God is still in control.
Sometimes friends will desert of betray us, but God is still by our side.
Sometimes it looks as if there is no way out, but God always makes a way.
Sometimes evil appears to have won, but with God the story isn't over.
And finally, sometimes our behavior mocks Jesus, but when there is a spirit of belief and repentance he forgives.
This is one of the most important weeks in the year, a week for each of us to come to grips with the identity of Jesus.
What is our role in the story?
Will we mock him ... or will we worship him?
Will we seek a light load ... or will we carry his cross?
Jesus doesn't just want to be our friend. He didn't come so that we could have a nice day.
Jesus came as King.
A holy King who executes justice and punishes evil.
A benevolent King who forgives the brokenhearted.
A kind King who cares for the poor, who looks out for the vulnerable.
And most of all ... a welcoming King who opens the door to his Kingdom and invites us in.
At Central Christian Church we are committed to addressing issues of justice and standing with those in need. Jesus didn't put us in Springfield so that we could worship comfortably in a beautiful sanctuary. He put us in springfield so that give our most vulnerable neighbors a taste of heaven and a relationship with Jesus. Join us for worship at 10:30 Sunday Mornings. Join us in community service the rest of the week.
"This blog is my way of connecting with people at Central and beyond to encourage them to make their space in the world more like Heaven."
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog reflect my thoughts and opinions as an individual, not the formal positions of our church. Central includes people with a wide range of opinions on important issues like those addressed in my posts. It is also a place where we can discuss these issues with civility and grace.