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A Great Theological Question

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54

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Saturday 8th April

There is a great theological question: in the Philippians reading we are told that Jesus emptied himself. What did he empty himself of? If he emptied himself of his divinity, then Jesus would simply be human and not God – that can’t be right. Yet the one who is King of Kings comes to serve, the Son of God is hung on a cross. There is nothing inflated or egotistic about Jesus’ glory, it is, if you like, an empty glory that simply is. In his emptiness, Jesus is exalted above all so that every knee shall bend before him. Let us enter into Christ’s glory, not by puffing ourselves up, but by kneeling, empty, at the foot of the cross.

 

 

Willingly

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

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Wednesday 15th March

So beset by our quarrels, our worst brought out of us by our fears, and wondering where we are on our journey, this Sunday St Paul delivers the tonic we need. Bringing us back from wallowing in what is wrong – with the world, with our little corner of it or with ourselves – we are reminded of what we need. What we need is hope – and hope whose foundations lay not in our own navigational skills for the journey, and not in our own ability to rise unaided above our human condition. Hope based on the sacrifice of Jesus. We stand in grace.

We hope not in spite of the difficulties and struggles of being human, but we hope through our struggles because of the love which God has poured into our hearts.

We did not earn the sacrifice which Christ willingly made for us – but still he made it. We didn’t even repent first. God did not blackmail or cajole us into our salvation. While we were still sinners, God gave everything, willingly and without reservation, for love of us.

Question: When we see ourselves in this light, see our value to the God of all creation, how will we respond?

 Prayer: Loving God, help me to see my value as you see it today. Give me hope in my struggles, and help me to follow you. Amen.

 

Enjoyment

Thursday 18th December 2014

Someone once said, “Christians don’t dance. Christians don’t drink. Christians don’t swear. Christians don’t smoke… and Christians don’t like each other.” And it does seem as if many Christians oppose human enjoyment and earthly pleasures. Many seem overly prudish and puritanical, especially when in relation to human bodies and human reproduction.

And yet 2000 years ago, God became human. God was born as the human baby Jesus, with a human, earthly body complete with all human functions. Human life, human bodies and all of creation have been embraced by God, not denounced by God.

So, let us marvel and delight in the beauty of bodies. Let us marvel and delight at reproduction, at the continuation of human life. And let us honour ourselves and each other in the way that we treat and talk about people’s bodies.

Rev’d Simon Crook, Assistant Curate, HuddersfieldParish Church