Pastor’s Pen – April

Written by Pastor's Pen - April 19, 2015 0 Comments

The Pastor’s Pen,

April, 2015

During the season of Lent many of us have participated in a study called, “Unbinding Your Heart.”  In a variety of different ways – reading the material in the book, gathering for small group discussion, taking time for daily prayer – we have asked God to unbind the knots that keep us from living the life God wants for us and that prevent us from sharing our faith.  At whatever level you have been a part of “Unbinding Your Heart,” I pray that it has been for you a growing and enriching experience.

As we enter into Holy Week and remember the Passion of our Lord, the image of unbinding can perhaps help us to more fully appreciate what Jesus was doing for us.  Jesus, we can say, was experiencing the exact opposite of unbinding.  In order to accomplish his mission, he was allowing himself to be bound.  He was bound by the Roman soldiers when they arrested him.  He was bound by the authorities when they were interrogating him.  He was bound to the cross by metal spikes through his hands and feet.  And, most horrible of all, he was bound by death – he was bound by the darkness and nothingness of the grave.

Can we even begin to imagine the depth of what that means?  The one who is the Lord of life – the one through whom everything else came into existence – allowed himself to lose his life.  He allowed himself to be bound by his enemies, including the greatest enemy – the enemy death.

As Paul puts it in his letter to the Philippians, “Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and become obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:6-8)

Jesus humbled himself – Jesus allowed himself to be bound – for us!  That’s the awful and yet wonderful news that we hear during Holy Week.  Jesus was bound so that we can be unbound!  Jesus was bound by death so that we can live with God forever!  Jesus was bound so that we can be free!

I invite you to worship with us at our special Holy Week services, and also, of course, on Easter Sunday when we hear the good news that the grave could not hold Jesus.  Come and hear the story of Jesus’ deep love for us.  Come and worship the one who has made our unbinding possible!

A blessed Holy Week and Easter to all of you!

Pastor Selbo

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