This is our worship service for Maundy Thursday 2023.
The people who see Christ ride into Jerusalem are expecting one kind of revolution. They—and all of us—get a much more extraordinary one.
We meet Christ in every pleading face and outstretched hand. We meet Christ in every person who is oppressed or marginalized. And that means that we cannot be silent in the face of violence and injustice.
Christ is calling us to keep our lamps trimmed and burning, to be awake to his presence among us, to be—dare I say it—woke to the injustices of the world.
God’s reign of love isn’t found in checking off the church attendance box. It is found in imitating Christ; it is found in becoming more human.
Human justice is rooted in scarcity. Divine justice is rooted in abundance. And we call divine justice, ‘grace’.
Mr. Ten-thousand-talents could be off scot-free. But it’s not enough to walk away from his debt; he has to walk away from the very idea of debt, altogether.
Remember, O Mortal, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Repent, and believe the gospel.
Heaven isn’t something that’s waiting for us after we die. It is right here, right now, and changing everything.
It is so easy to turn this thing that is supposed to be about having faith in the God who we see in Jesus Christ into a thing that is about having faith in the certainty of hell.