Sermons on “Jesus”
The year begins with a story of obedience, but what is obedience, really? It is not to submit to another’s will, but to hear, to understand, and to act accordingly. The almost unbelievable truth is that God wants to share his mind with us.
In a convoluted Gospel text, two questions emerge: Who is Jesus? And why are his followers there listening? These two questions are, at their core, about power. What power do we need to show up in our lives?
The figure of Daniel gives us encouragement to work hard in the world, while reminding us that there are always dangers and we must remember that our first allegiance is to God. God vindicated Daniel, even as he later vindicated Jesus, raising him from the pit of death, and even as, please God, he will someday raise us.