Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

The Story Made New: April 1

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

The Story Made New: April 1

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Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14 - 23:56

A few years ago, a friend was giving us his annual cross-making-from-palm-fronds lesson during the fellowship time that follows worship. As he offered to help one of the children in the congregation fold her palm, she looked puzzled and asked what a cross was. He explained that a cross is what Jesus died on. Her 3- or 4-year old face looked up at him in horror: "You mean someone killed Baby Jesus?!?" she asked.

After all the baby hoopla of late December, it's understandable that a child would be confused that a mere three or four months later in our worship we switch from talking about "Baby" Jesus to telling the story of a 33-year-old man.

Perhaps this little girl's question has stuck with me so much because, for the past several years, I have been watching Jesus Christ Superstar during Passion Week. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Christ is a very human Jesus. …

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