Pastor's Notes

The Day the Revoluntion Began

February 28, 2017

I have been reading N.T. Wright's new book, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion. I am moved by Wright's words about the magnitude and power of the Cross.

"Like most Christians today, I started my thinking about Jesus's death with the assumption, from what I had been taught, that the death of Jesus was all about God saving me from my "sin," so that I could "go to heaven." That, of course, can be quite a revolutionary idea for someone who's never thought of it before." Wright describes that the first followers were talking about something bigger and more dangerous, even "more explosive". The personal side of this is not dismissed, but the story is much larger.

As we travel through Lent, I am spiritually committed to carrying a cross that is not simply a pocket-size help to pull out for encouragement in times of trouble, but to understand more deeply God's plan for the world. Yes, Christ died for me. However, God so loved THE WORLD…! Let us pay attention to a new reality that has come to birth called forgiveness. Forgiveness is "chain-breaking, idol-smashing, sin-abandoning" power that the world needs in the form of the greatest expression of Love on earth….Jesus the Christ!

The wrongs of the world will not twist us out of shape. The world itself is free to praise and serve God. Let us all live in Victory!

Blessings, Richie <><

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