Passing Over into Easter

We’re all connected, sisters and brothers under God. At sundown today, Passover begins and leads into Easter next Sunday. The Jewish people commemorate fleeing from Egypt and, right before his death, Jesus did the same by celebrating the Passover meal with his disciples. The escape from the captivity of physical slavery and the escape from our sins with Jesus’ sacrifice of his life are both connected. As are we!    Continue reading

“Love One Another”

As we approach the glory of Easter, we first need to pass through the horror of Jesus sacrificing his life for each one of us. Before he did so, he said something very clear and direct, leaving no room for guessing as to what he meant:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13

Jesus expects us to love one another as he loves us. His love is unconditional and, to the extreme, sacrificial. Yet, we can’t even get close to this. Continue reading