Lent / 15.03.2019

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. What? The Son of Man. The King of Kings. I am. Yahweh. Emmanuel. The Messiah. Came to serve…and give his life as a ransom for many? These words made no sense to the disciples. A king was separated and above the needs and groans and frailties of his people. He would be in a mansion. He would have guards. And a just and righteous king would set things right, through force if need be. So it’s no surprise that...

Lent / 14.03.2019

When we hear the word “king,” we usually see an image of a wealthy overlord sitting in luxury, being served by all of his underlings. He may be kind and create justice for his kingdom, he may be harsh and create great suffering, but he is always waited on hand and foot because he has the most powerful position in all the land....

Lent / 13.03.2019

Yahweh, the unspeakable, untouchable God had come as a human? Here among us? The Jewish imagination had room for a God who came to his people. They had experienced God through centuries of history - his essence inhabiting a pillar of fire, speaking through prophets, going before them in battle, filling the temple with His glory. God’s presence had been with them and God’s holiness could kill them. But how could that God come as a man? How could he come as Jesus, a man they knew from Nazareth? When Jesus proclaimed of himself, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your...