Something has to die, something else has to be born.
During the five Sundays in Lent, that phrase shaped my sermons.
- Putting to death your desire to live without human limitations gives birth to acceptance of yourself, limits and all. (Matthew 4:1-11)
- Putting to death your need to be the expert gives birth to the possibility of being changed. (John 3:1-17).
- Putting to death the belief that your past is unforgivable gives birth to a future with unimagined possibilities. (John 4:5-12)
- Putting to death the idea that God’s work is limited to the people you deem acceptable gives birth to increased joy as you celebrate God’s activity in all kinds of people. (John 9:1-41)
- Putting to death the fiction that you have control over time gives birth to an ability to trust God’s timing, even with the timing of death. (John 11:1-45)
Now, on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, we will experience this death/birth dynamic as powerfully as possible as Jesus goes to the cross and rises to new life.
What will die along with Jesus? Fear, shame, separation from God, reliance on our own selves, and our hope in human constructs to save us.
What will be born? Courage, freedom that comes from forgiveness, unity with God and one another, trust in God, and hope in our living God to do what no mere human could do – love us through the dying places into new life.
Be at Peace,