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The foolishness of Jesus' love

By Pastor Maureen Howard | Apr 04, 2013

The bleakness of winter is beginning to be forgotten. With the melting snow, rains and the warmth of the lengthening sunshine the lifeless brown will soon be sprouting forth shoots of green. The earth is shaking off the grasp of winter and the promise of new life will be exploding before our eyes.

For us, who are Disciples of Christ, we have just journeyed through the holiest weeks in the church year: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. Then on Monday we found ourselves playing practical jokes on one another as we celebrated April Fools' Day. Yet, the holiest week we Christians just celebrated, may be considered a fool's week by others. What fool would knowingly come into a city as a King but know that death waits at the end of the week? What fool would wash the feet of friends expecting this servant act to be an example to be followed? What fool would dine with friends and promise to be with them in bread-body and wine-blood when they eat in his name? What fool would allow themselves to be severely beaten, publicly humiliated, and excruciatingly nailed to a cross to die for those he deeply loves?

Though the day of jokes and foolish pranks hangs in the air, the church remembered that King Jesus came into Jerusalem knowing he would be killed. The church remembered that Jesus washed the feet of his Disciples and expects all of his Disciples to act with humility and kindness toward all people. The church remembered that Jesus took bread and wine and told us to eat and drink with the promise he will be present with us through this meal. The church remembered that Jesus was whipped, ridiculed, stripped and nailed onto a cross to die a death of asphyxiation ... all for the deep love of YOU! Then on Easter Sunday we celebrated the most foolish act of all — love conquering the darkness and alienation of death. Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Through these acts, which seem foolish to us, we see the acts of God who is unfathomably in love with us.

Holy Week is over, Easter is over, and so is April Fools' Day. Yet, the church will remain in the Easter season for seven weeks. We rejoice in the foolish acts of Jesus showing us extreme love. May the Alleluias that Christ is risen from the dead, the Alleluias that Jesus is ALIVE bring hope and joy as we see and experience the promise of new life exploding before our eyes this spring.

Join us as we at Immanuel Lutheran (1226 E. Washington, Washington) discover the foolishness of Jesus' love for each of us. Our Sunday services are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and education for children and adults at 9:15 a.m. All people are welcome and invited as we gather all generations around the Word of Christ.






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