Jenn’s Sunday Sermon – Easter Edition
Happy Candy-filled Spring Holiday to all those celebrating.
This probably should have been a Good Friday post, but…well, it isn’t. As usual this week, I’m running behind.
For many Christians – the real ones, not the Talibangelical-types – this is the holiest day in the Christian calendar. Not Christmas.
As miraculous as Christ’s birth might have been, it was his life and his death that mattered. However, even if you’re not a believer, you can still understand and be awed by the story of Christ: A man came and stood up to the establishment of the time and was killed for it.
Whether he rose from the dead or not matters little in the end, when you consider the impact of his life.
He came and told the people that they were all equal. He told the people to love one another, to care for the poor, the widowed, the orphaned, the imprisoned. He sought no wealth and even threw the money-changers and vendors out of the Temple.
He didn’t die for defying Roman authority. He died for offending the sensibilities of the religious leaders who saw their congregants leaving to follow a no-name itinerant preacher.
He died for telling the hyper-religious and the wealthy that unless they put actions to words, they were not assured of a place in heaven.
He didn’t die for advocating against the government. He died for preaching peace, love, and brotherhood.
From the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In short, Son of God or not, Jesus was the original Dirty F*cking Hippie.