Here is the Man – A Good Friday Sermon on John 18:1-19:42

“Here is the man.” (From the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John 18:1-19:42) Pilate has spoken a truth beyond the words we hear and beyond the man we see. Who is this man? Who do you see? To whom is Pilate referring? Yes, it is Jesus of Nazareth. He’s wearing a crown of thorns and dressed in a purple robe. He’s … Continue reading Here is the Man – A Good Friday Sermon on John 18:1-19:42

Flowering Cross, Good Friday, Crucifixion of Jesus, Easter, Tree of Life

Flowering of the Cross

One of the great Easter traditions is the flowering of the cross. People bring and place colorful fresh flowers on a drab wooden cross. What’s behind this? Is it just a pretty decoration? Well, it does look beautiful but there are also some beautiful traditions and meanings associated with the flowering of the cross. The sixth century hymn (#166) we sing on Good Friday celebrates … Continue reading Flowering of the Cross

Good Friday, Sermon, Holy Week, Death, Crucifixion John 18:1-19:42

Hell Awaits – A Sermon for Good Friday, John 18:1-19:42

Last night we began taking our share with Jesus. We ate the last supper. We washed feet. We stripped the altar. We come here today much the same as we left here last night. The table of our last supper has been cleared and is empty. The water that washed our feet has dried and the basin is empty. The altar of our life has … Continue reading Hell Awaits – A Sermon for Good Friday, John 18:1-19:42

The Crucifixion as Revelation and not Causation

Detail of wooden crucifix
Photo courtesy of Sr. Miriam Elizabeth, Order of St. Helena

So what does it all mean? What difference does the crucifixion make? Does God love us more because Jesus died on the cross? Are we somehow more acceptable, more tolerable, to God because Jesus suffered? Have we been brought closer to God because his son was executed by a Roman governor who gave in to fear and the shouts of those he governed?

I don’t believe that’s who God is, the way God acts, or how God loves. That is not why we call this day, this Friday, good. Continue reading “The Crucifixion as Revelation and not Causation”

Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33; Lent 5B

The collect and reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 12:20-33. They say there are three things that cannot be talked about. You know them, right? Religion, sex, and politics. I think they are wrong. We do talk about those things. We just do it really badly. There is, however, something we do not … Continue reading Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33; Lent 5B