We have all heard the promises. We have heard that following Christ can free us from that which binds us. We know that Christ promised to move us toward a new horizon. It is all too easy instead to wallow in all that separates us from God and from each other. We want to believe we can experience God’s kingdom on this earth as it is in heaven.
Good Friday 2017
Even though the world on that day seemed to be against Jesus we know that Jesus was right. There were some who stood on the edge of the crowd knowing the transforming power of Jesus’ message but silenced by the shouting crowd. There were some who waved palm branches and cheered Jesus on, who now wished they had not gotten caught up in the crowd. Their silence equaled consent. A few stood by in shock at the injustice happening right before their eyes.
But in the meantime, on the way to the cross, here deep in Lent, our story today invites us to ponder what Jesus once told Martha – that resurrection is not something you wait for until Easter, nor is it simply something forthcoming in a still undefined future. As we discussed this past Wednesday night in our Lenten study, it’s more than this. Resurrection is now. It is a present reality, more than just a coming one. For anytime Jesus arrives, the dead are set loose. The Resurrection as a metaphor stands as a symbol of the call to new life. It stands as an appeal to practice resurrection here and now.