As we walk through this Holy Week, remembering the travels and travails of Jesus, we feel the two thousand years between us shrink as we read the words of our Lenten guide Walter Brueggemann:
“[Jesus] collided with the will and purpose of the Roman Empire and with the Jews who colluded with the Empire. He is not crucified because of some theory of the atonement. He is crucified because the empire cannot tolerate such a transformative, subversive force set loose in the world. Jesus’ uncompromising commitment to the purpose of God contradicted the empire that lives against the grain of God’s intention.” (A Way Other than Our Own, p. 82)
Sobering and inspiring words, indeed. Would to God that we would be such a threat! As we gather for Resurrection Sunday, we look forward to exploring together the ways in which Jesus helps us face anxiety and fear to instead live lives of freedom and hope and transformation. We hope to see you there on Sunday morning at 10:15 at Jammin’ Java.