Sermon for March 22, 2009
Let us go and die with him
The public ministry of Jesus followed a familiar trajectory. He burst on the scene with a big splash, and at first, everyone – everyone, including the leaders of every Jewish faction – came out to see what he was about. Huge crowds thronged his appearances.
But after a while, when the leadership – political and religious – discovered that, whatever agenda Jesus had, it wasn’t their
agenda, they backed off him. They started telling rumors about him, they stirred up opposition against him. Jesus was mobbed a couple of times, even threatened with stoning.( Collapse )