On April 14, Palm Sunday, Tim Reardon spoke about the Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Luke 19:28-44, and his words from the cross in Luke 23:32-46. The celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is tinged by coming of the cross, and the willingness of those who had celebrated to now condemn him.
Emmanuel, God with us. God surrounds us, has tabernacled among us, has become flesh, and has taken up space with us in Jesus so that our bodies might be formed into God’s body. We are forgiven, released. God has come to bring peace and justness. God has come not to condemn the world but to draw the world into an embrace of new life.
God has been on a journey with us through lent. Today we come to Jerusalem. We hear the cheers of the crowd, but what are they expecting? Retribution? Was Jesus a disappointment to them? What Jesus do we anticipate?
In the midst of this entry, Jesus stops to weep. Jerusalem has not recognized the things of peace. They will be destroyed by their violence. It seems that Jesus is destroyed by his own peace, and violence remains.
What are we to make of Jesus words from the cross? “Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing.” Jesus suffers from an act of injustice. But he is not simply a victim, he is an agent of God’s restoration, reconciliation, and embodied forgiveness amidst the world’s violence and injustice.
Hear more from Tim in the sermon recording…