Easter is only 2 weeks away!
If you have been following our reflections each week, you know that we are dealing with ‘Fearless Questions’. During this season in the life of the church known as Lent (the six weeks leading up to Easter) we are reflecting on those serious doubts and questions we all have about the life of faith. We are seeking to climb over long-standing walls of doubt, bad habits, painful memories, and deep questions so that we can begin to live a full life of faith and experience the health, joy and vitality that is offered to us by God.
This coming Sunday is known as ‘Palm Sunday’. It is famous in the life of the church because it marks the day that Jesus puts it all on the line. He rides into town (Jerusalem) on a donkey which is a throwback to an old prophecy that the people of the time knew well… the person that did THIS would be the savior of the world. Jesus’ gutsy move pays off… the people LOVED it, and were ready to accept him:
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:6-9)
But, in only a few days time… the fickle crowd, twisted by the plots and propaganda of the religious leaders (who HATED Jesus)… turned against him. Even one of his own close friends turned against him (Judas Iscariot). The result was that Jesus was arrested while praying in a garden outside the city (Gethsemane), convicted by the religious leaders as a heretic, sent to the officials of Rome in Jerusalem (Pontius Pilate), condemned to death by crucifixion, and sent away to be prepared to die a horrible death. That’s where our Scripture story picks up:
the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. (Matthew 27:27-31)
So, our ‘Fearless’ question of the week is this: How can evil win over good… when God is supposed to be in control?
Join us On Wednesday and Friday (via the blog), and Sunday morning (we meet at 11am: Waretown UMC Campus, 27 Bryant Road, Waretown) this week to reflect this Fearless question.