Jesus’ death was a

Political

Economic

Religious

Emotional

Psychological

Social

Spiritual

REALITY.

 

It was an execution,

Performed by an insecure, fearful system,

Desperate to protect the status quo.

The simple excision of a troublesome growth;

The removal of a piece of grit from the cogs

That had hampered the efficiency of the machine.

 

It is too simple to read the death of Jesus

As a foregone conclusion in the heart of the Father,

                         …sent to die?

My belief: Jesus came primarily to LIVE.

It was His life that caused His death.

He knew what awaited Him living in this particular way.

 

Jesus could not escape the cross

Because

He would not escape the cross.

He refused to be anything other than His core identity – Son of God.

 

Jesus’ example calls us to follow in His footsteps.

We too can challenge the wrongs in our

Religious,

Political

Social structures.

We too may find that to live that life leads us to the cross.

We face the same choice to reject our identity as God’s children,

Or to own it and face the inevitable struggle against the darkness in this world.

 

To live as Jesus lived means to face our own death.

But, we know death does not have the last word…

 

 

– Steve.

Easter 2018