(Jesus, confrontational and blunt, bearer of bad news. )
“Red sky in morning, sailors take warning” —
There aren’t too many sunrises in my “circadian rhythm” – but I caught one recently! And sure enough, we had about three days of rain following this beautiful sky.
It was Passion Sunday today, a name for this particular Sunday that’s been recognized for centuries as the one in which we begin the steep, inevitable slide downward into the days of the Crucifixion. We carefully reread and then meditate on the events in those last couple of weeks before the death of Christ. There’s lots there for our minds to confront.
None of His friends knew that some very bad times were coming, though. In fact, Jesus thought it weird that mankind can read the signs in the sky, like red skies in mornings, but we can’t read the Signs of the Times. So His last conversations were particularly blunt and to-the-point.
No time left for a kinder, gentler religion of luv and mercy for everyone, everywhere, no matter what they’re doing and no matter what they believe in.
The Reading Appointed for Passion Sunday:
Speaking to the local rulers and religious leaders of His day, Jesus told them right out that if they were of God – if, as they thought they were — then they would understand His words and believe Him, but since they reject Him, they are not of God but of God’s enemy, the Devil.
You’re, a liar, they said. No, you are the liars, He said.
No backing down from the truth.
We’re sons of Abraham, they said.
But, He said, Abraham saw My day, he saw Me come to earth, and he rejoiced to see Me.
You can’t claim that Abraham ever saw You! You’re just nothing but a young, inexperienced nobody.
But — before Abraham ever was — I AM.
That was the statement that did it. Jesus is right-out, plainly, clearly, bluntly stating that He and God, (who had revealed Himself with the name I AM) are one and the same.
Take it or leave it.
Believe it or don’t.
They didn’t believe it – and they didn’t get Him that time. Yet. (“They took up stones, therefore, to cast at Him; but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.”)
But some of them and their children lived to see the destruction of that beautiful, sturdy temple they were in. It took them unawares.
The Signs of the Times: Judgment comes upon all unbelievers.