Sermon – April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday

I really don’t have a lot to add to that because this story stands on its own. But I would remind us all that in these days Jesus, in the fullness of his humanity, was denied by his closest disciple and betrayed by another in whom he had put his trust. He was misunderstood, misrepresented, mocked, falsely accused. He was beaten and tortured by the secular authorities, pandered to by the principals  and accused and shamed by the religious powers. He was betrayed by the very people who had just acclaimed him king who, almost with the same breath shouted,  “give us Barabbas and crucify this guy.

His response? “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” To a convicted criminal dying next to him on the cross who caught just a mere glimpse of the real Jesus he says, “today you will be with me in paradise.” Words of comfort, hope and welcome. And he willingly went to his death to overcome all that is death to us.

He did not waver, he did not cave to fear or pain. He did no deals for his own sake.

What breaks through this pain and darkness is the knowledge that there is no chaos or confusion, there is no pain or darkness that we experience that he has not. And as we now know, he will never give up on us.  He will never forget us.  He will never let us go.  He will make a way and he will abide.

And now, begin to understand, “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.”

Amen