The old saying goes that there are only two certainties in life – death, and taxes (although it does sometimes seem that some of our ultra-wealthy individuals and companies are working quite hard, and with some success, to eliminate the latter).
John 21:9-17 | Revelation 5:11-14
So here we come to the heart of the matter. The basis upon which we find our hope lies here at the very centre of all things, in the throne room of God.
Isaiah 6:1-3 | Revelation 4:2-8
Just to note – those of you who follow along with the lectionary may have noticed that this week’s reading doesn’t match up – in order to make a five week series of readings cover the six weeks between Easter and Pentecost we’ve added this passage, and for the next few weeks we’ll be sort of running one week behind.
If you made a list of topics that preachers would really rather not be asked to preach on, I’m guessing that the book of Revelation would be up quite near the top.
The fact that you are here this morning tells me that I don’t need to start at the beginning. I don’t need to tell you that Easter isn’t about chocolate eggs, or magic bunnies. I don’t need to convince you that it’s more than a convenient and very welcome four day weekend.
Today we come to the end of our Lenten series on courage with the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet.
It’s a strange little parable we have today. The fate of a fig-tree appears to hang in the balance.
One of the more troubling themes of Jesus’ teaching, one of the aspects of the gospel that we have a bit of a tendency to shy away from, perhaps, is this strand of thought, found most clearly and consistently in Luke’s gospel, but certainly present in the other records of Jesus’ life, that speaks of the arrival of the Kingdom of God as an overturning of the social order, an inversion of way the world is.
It’s always interesting to notice which Old Testament stories Jesus chooses to allude to, and even more interesting to notice what he does with them.