Midweek Message, March 23, 2016

Dr. Henri Nouwen shares these words:

Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the people of that city. And Jesus knew that he was going to put a choice before them: Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner? There is no middle ground here. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say “Yes” or “No”. That is the great drama of Jesus’ passion: he had to wait for their response. What would they do? Betray him or follow him? In a way, his agony is not simply the agony of approaching death. It is also the agony of being out of control and of having to wait. It is the agony of a God who depends on us to decide how to live out the divine presence among us. It is the agony of the God who, in a very mysterious way, allows us to decide how God will be God. Here we glimpse the mystery of God’s incarnation. God became human not only to act among us but also to be the recipient of our responses.. . . And that is the mystery of Jesus’ love. Jesus in his passion is the one who waits for our response. Precisely in that waiting, the intensity of God’s love is revealed to us. 

 Church News

  • Funeral for Richard Moulton will be Friday at 11:00am at CBTS
  • Good Friday worship, 7:00pm
  • Easter Cantata, Saturday at 4:30 and 7:00pm
  • Easter worship at 8:30, 9:40, 11:00am