This is a rare “soapbox” sermon for me, in which I take the opportunity to redefine the words “prophecy” and “apocalypse” so you have a bit of a better understanding of the book of Revelation.
Thomas is a man of deep faith, deep convictions, and deep questions. Put those together and you have the recipe for doubt – which is not an evil thing.
We all make the mistake of walking to tombs filled with dead messiahs. But the Good News is that the tomb of the Risen Christ is empty and a new life-affirming path stretches from it and reaches into eternity.
In this sermon on one of his Seven Last Words, Jesus continues his mission of reconciliation and the cultivation of relationships, even as he suffers on the cross.
We read about a pair of parades today, that on first glance look nothing alike; turns out, they speak with one voice about who Jesus is and what he did that week in Jerusalem.
An imagined letter from Lazarus to his sisters, upon his second death, written after the events in this morning’s Gospel. (I added a few verses to the end of the Gospel reading. Don’t worry – that’s allowed!)
We see a broken world, and we know that it could be, that it should be – better. God invites us to participate in God’s mission to repair this brokenness. This is called reconciliation.
Grace is the sublime consequence of a God who will never give up on us. That’s pretty good news, right?