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Jesus and March Madness

Hello Gloria Dei,

Yesterday the NCAA Basketball Tournament, often referred to as March Madness, began in earnest. I’m sorry the Jackrabbits men’s team lost to Providence. I’m in a bracket together with my son and his college buddies. I picked SDSU to win its first two games. Busted!  I’ll be cheering on the USD women’s team when they take on Ole Miss today a noon. March Madness is here.

As we continue reading and preaching through the gospel of John, we’ve arrived at chapter 14. Jesus is with his disciples in the upper room. They have celebrated the Passover meal together. Jesus has washed their feet (our focus from last week). And now he tells them that he is going to the cross to die, but that he’s going to prepare a place for them.

The disciples don’t understand. They think this is all “Madness”. Jesus says to them: “You know the way where I am going.” Thomas is confused. He asks Jesus an honest question: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?

Jesus then tells them, and us, “I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

What seems like madness is really the way to life. Jesus going to the cross is God’s way of showing us that even though death is real, life wins in the end. As we look beneath the surface, we discover that this “madness” is God’s plan to win victory over the madness of human sin and fallibility that we see in our own lives and around the world. As we see the horrors of the war in Ukraine what else can we say but “This is madness.”

Jesus, the innocent Lamb of God, goes willingly to his death, in order that God’s way of love would win the day. By Jesus’ death and resurrection, life wins. God wins. You and I win, by grace through faith.

For this weekend, please read John 14:1-14. And I encourage you to read through the entire book of John once, twice, even three times as we approach Holy Week and Easter next month. Staying grounded in God’s word of life, love, grace, and forgiveness helps to keep our lives and this world’s madness in perspective. And it is this word of love that launches us out into the world to serve in Jesus’ name. Remember from last week’s sermon, our acts of service in the world are one of the powerful ways God works to counteract the evil and madness of this world God loves.

See you in worship!

Pastor Tim
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