There is no reason be afraid of rising from the dead. There is no reason to fear the death-dealers. Whatever Jesus stood for. Whatever crucified Jesus for what he stood for, what Jesus stood for wins.
If I were the king of the world
I’ll tell you what I’d do,
I’d throw away the cars and the bars and the war,
and make sweet love to you.
That is what I think Jesus was declaring on Palm Sunday.
I am not going to go into all of the business of Roman imperial theology this morning. It is after all getting close to Christmas. Family is here and everyone is dressed nicely. The children presented such a lovely gift to us.
But I do want to leave you with a provocative thought.
Jesus says in his society there is a new way for [people] to live:
You show wisdom, by trusting people;
You handle leadership, by serving;
You handle offenders, by forgiving;
You handle money, by sharing;
You handle enemies, by loving;
And you handle violence, by suffering.