The 5th Sunday of Easter
Love and Glory
Text: John 13:31-35
I think that my life would be at peace and I would still manage somehow to die a happy man if I never heard or saw a Kardashian again. It’s unbelievable. Those Kardashians are everywhere! TV shows, commercials, magazines. That means they have infiltrated our homes, our grocery stores, our doctor and dentist waiting rooms. But if that’s not enough, you can even get a little more Kardashian in your life as Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Kylie all have their own official apps you can download on your phone or tablet.
As ridiculous (or annoying?) as the Kardashian craze may be, you have to hand it to their publicists. They are certainly good at what they do. They put that unique family out there for the whole world to see.
Now you have to ask, “Why would someone want to do that? Why harness the powers of all these media channels? Why put yourself out there in front of the world?” The Kardashians have an entire staff of PR specialists because they understand a fundamental concept innate to every single human being: If you gain glory, you gain love. This is how our entire world—and especially our American culture—is set up. If you have glory, you will have love. Read the rest of this entry
Walk with Jesus: Convicted for the Truth
Text: Luke 22:66-71
The rooster had just crowed. Peter’s cheeks were newly soaked from his sobbing over sin. As the sun slowly rose over the horizon, the new Friday morning light revealed a face that was left puffy and purple from punches. The guards had their fun humiliating and hurting Jesus, but that was only the beginning of a treacherous day of torture.
But for now, the pain was paused. “At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.” This rude rabble gathered was the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin had 71 members consisting of elders, priests, and teachers (Pharisees). The high priest was president and leader of the group. This Sanhedrin had absolute power and authority when it came to religious matters in Israel. Now, Jesus stood before them—he the accused, they the jurors.
These Jews had been patiently waiting for the Meshiach, the Messiah, for ages. The Lord promised to send his chosen and anointed one, and that was whom they still waited for. At the same time, they knew the claims that this Jesus had been making. They knew the miraculous signs and wonders Jesus had performed. They knew that John the Baptist had proclaimed him to be the One. They knew that most people seemed to think he was the One. Thus, it became question number one at the trial: “If you are the Christ, tell us.” Read the rest of this entry