Just a few moments ago, the Mueller report was released. The arguments happening right now are whether this is good news or bad news.
Another report came out approximately 2,000 years ago from a group of women that largely men have debated about for centuries as to whether that report was good news or bad news. The women knew and have known. Why else would they have recognized the depth of the moment in fear? Isn't that interesting?
I don't claim the report being made public today in the United States of America is in any way similar to the good news of Jesus Christ. Melissa was sharing some wisdom with me yesterday that her mother used to say when she would misbehave as a child, "I'm not disappointed
in you, I'm disappointed
for you." There is much behavior that is bad in this country of ours and in the context of my love for this country, I am disappointed
for my country. There is much that requires redemption in this country and her citizens, leaders and populace alike.
Even amidst my disappointment
for my country today, I am making a conscious choice this day to turn my attention to another report, that of women witnesses. I am making a conscious choice to walk with those women and Jesus along that path in Jerusalem, up to that upper room, on that Via Dolorosa to the cross, to the tomb, and then to those confused initial conversations about what has happened on that third day when the evidence of Jesus' death is nowhere to be found.
Would you join me? You can plug into the obsessive debrief of the Mueller report, but I recommend you come participate in a good news journey with your community at Faith Presbyterian. The other report will still be there in 3 days for us to pore over.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Wright Fellowship Hall Jennifer Hallberg, our intern, will lead us in a service that reminds us of Jesus' washing of the disciples feet, sharing the Lord's Supper, and retelling the first and second part of the gospel story of these great three days. We will begin enough after work for you to be able to deal with any traffic and will be done well before sunset so you can get home without difficulty.
On Sunday at 10 a.m. come ready to hear the good news conclusion from those original women witnesses. Come ready and anticipating a new start for us all and for the church, even our community we call "Faith".
The reports are in. Come share in the one that has the power to transform us all, even the country we love and hold so dear.
Oh! and invite a friend. We all need some good news this week.
See you tonight.