04 Apr Sermon Snap Shot Easter April 1, 2018
As much as I recoiled originally about Easter falling on April’s Fools Day, the more I thought about it the more I decided that it really makes perfect sense. Why? Because the entire story of God is full of foolishness.
In Genesis God decides to create this new covenant through which God will bless the world. But rather than choosing two virile 21 year olds, God chooses two geriatrics named Abraham and Sarah who have struggled to get pregnant for years – pretty foolish if you ask me.
And then, over time, God uses prostitutes, law breakers, outsiders and other people of questionable reputation to preserve and further this covenant for future generations – pretty foolish if you ask me.
A little later in the story of Moses God calls on a murderer with little to no public speaking skills to make the case before Pharaoh that God’s people should be liberated – pretty foolish if you ask me.
And later God anoints the least impressive, most scrawny son of Jesse, David, to lead the nation – pretty foolish if you ask me.
And all along the way, God uses storms, a talking bush, a talking donkey, a large fish or whale, a scepter than turns into a snake and many other objects to communicate his love, his mercy, his purposes for the world that he created – pretty foolish if you ask me.
Eventually, God decides to heal and save the world by sending his own Son. But rather than sending his Son to a prestigious family in Rome, God sends him to a poor peasant girl in Galilee named Mary and a carpenter named Joseph. And God doesn’t send him in power but in humility – pretty foolish if you ask me.
But of course the most foolish thing of all is to believe that Jesus – who is supposed to be God’s Son, God in the flesh – allows himself to be tortured and killed. What kind of god, what kind of superhero ever does this?
And yet, in Jesus’ powerlessness…in Jesus’ restraint…in Jesus’ cruciform witness to the very end, we discover the very nature of God. How does Paul say it in I Corinthians:
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
From yesterday’s Easter Sunday message based on I Corinthians 1:18, “Fools for Christ”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC