Fourth Sunday of Easter
I'm preaching Sunday on the 23rd Psalm and John 10 at the Baccalaureate service for Concordia College's graduation weekend. I have thought all week that I would (a) get the sermon done and then (b) write a weblog entry. The sermon gets higher priority since I have to actually be present and looking at people when the sermon is encountered, as opposed to being able to hunker down behind the keyboard after the blog is updated. Alas, the sermon is not yet done (Fri. at 10:00 p.m.) and I'm about to leave internet access for the weekend. So there's no weblog entry, except for this one.
Here's the idea I'm working on: Jesus is always getting in so much trouble. Even this gospel reading, a text with all sorts of good news in it for his followers ("my sheep hear my voice") is edgy. Following him means pasture, rest, and also .... well... living with the results of this edge in his voice and his actions. Can't he lighten up just a little on the speaking truth to power stuff? Apparently not.
I want to talk about why Jesus is not going through his life scared (he knows the Father can be trusted: "you spread a table before me in the presence of my enemies") and why following him means we need not go through our lives scared either ("No one will snatch them out of my hand.") What might you be able to do if you were convinced that no one could snatch you out of Christ's hand?