I love hearing about, talking about and living into the new life we have been given through Christ’s death and resurrection. I can’t get enough of it! But…
This week is Palm Sunday and new life is nowhere to be found. Sure, we get to wave our palms and sing of the King of Kings for about 30 seconds but so quickly everything grows dark. Matthew’s Gospel gives us all the details of Jesus’ death. It’s not quick or easy. Jesus is accused, beaten, and mocked. He suffers and suffers and suffers. I am moved to ask, “Can’t we just skip this part?”
Yet every year as I make that journey from Palm Sunday through the trials of Holy Week I am reminded: resurrection is impossible without death. And, ultimately, that’s Good News. God isn’t going to make things a little better. God isn’t going to set up a self-improvement plan for us. God isn’t going to cheer us on and hope for the best. God dies so that all that is broken in us and in God’s beloved creation dies, too. We are joined to Christ’s death in the waters of baptism in such a way that we are made NEW. I’m not the “best version of myself,” I am a new creation in Christ because all the old has been put to death.
So bring it, death! Give it all you’ve got. Jesus knows just what to do with you.
See you Sunday…