Globally we have experienced a pandemic, Afghanistan, George Floyd and now a war in Ukraine – we need a gospel that is big enough for all that and more. In the reading (Matthew 9v30-32), Jesus is predicting his death and resurrection – but the disciples did not understand. The expectation was that that a king would rise up and overthrow the Roman empire. Yet, defeating violence with violence, only begets more violence – and this wasn’t Jesus’ way. He did something unexpected and beautiful – a once for all time. Jesus takes on death and even the grave couldn’t keep him. He defeated even death itself with resurrection! Beauty might just save the world.
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