I’m a child of the mid-west!! I love corn on the cob, soybeans, dairy cows, John Deere Tractors, and the Indiana State Fair!! It’s a special thing, I love living in the South and I’ve been here as long as lived in the mid-west, but there are some things you can never “take out” of the mid-west boy. One of those things is the love and passion for “real” automobile racing, that’s right, “real” auto racing!! Not where you paint up some street car and run in circles for a measly 180 mph, but where you let it all be seen, and you run a conservative 250 mph!! That’s right my friends, the Indianapolis 500!!
Once again this week we find ourselves back in the paradoxical world of the Gospel of John. We begin the text with a story of some Greek gentleman who wish to see Jesus. Through the transition and conversation between Philip and Andrew they finally got to Jesus and told him that these men wished to meet with him.
Once again we are mesmerized by the words in the Gospel of John. Some would say it is the greatest love story ever told! Many will find competition in that statement. Some will say Elvis sang a better love song, or Connie Francis won over our hearts when they added the lyrics to “love is a many splendored thing”, or more recently when we heard the pop lyrics say to us, “What’s love got to do with it?” We spend a great deal of time battling over love and the essence of what love is truly about.
We have this morning, one of the greatest Jesus stories ever! So great in fact that is often misused and misrepresented. I mean misrepresented in that many people set the tone of this text as an excuse for Jesus to be angry and violent! For Jesus to be “out of the norm” of our “sweet baby Jesus”. They use it to counter act the need for an always loving and kind Jesus the Christ, when in fact in validates the humanness of Jesus.
Entering our second week of Lent, God has once more reminded us that our journey is not an easy one, at least weather wise. Our scripture lesson from Mark this morning reminds us that our spiritual journey is not an easy one either. This is a tough task to hear about this week, a reminder that the God embodied in Jesus may not be the type of embodied God we want to have in our life. Why?