I am visiting the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa for eight days to reestablish our relationship with our companion synod.
Left to our own devices, we set ourselves into default mode. We take the path of least resistance. We are most comfortable with doing what we think we know best.
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
What I share with you today comes from a Holy Saturday homily written in Greek dating back to the fourth century. The author of this text is unknown.
On this night let us confront the reality of death and let us think of all those who are suffering because of the death of a loved one, because of the death of an innocent.
Tonight we are remembering, celebrating and thanking God for his love. But we are celebrating a “new Passover”, our rescue from slavery to sin and death
The challenge of the life and teachings of Jesus is to not let current catastrophes, or the events of history and our lives define who we are as people.
There were then and still are now lots of different versions of God competing with each other in the world. But none of them include the ugly sight of a mangled human body hanging on a cross.
This was the mission Jesus was given in this life; to be a “covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”