Lent 5b – Sunday 25th March 2012
John 12: 20-33
C’mon, sing with me, sing, sing for the years
Sing it, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears, c’mon,
Sing it with me, just for today, maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away…
Another week, another song that’s inspired my blog. And once again it Eminem, so I can share the chorus with you. Want to hear any more then don’t forget it’s Parental Advisory Lyrics time.
Whatever you may want to say about Eminem, Jay-Z, Scroobius Pip – or any other rapper or hip-hop artist – they occasionally do write a song that makes a great deal of sense. Basically, what Eminem is saying in this song, is that a lot of bad stuff happens in people’s lives, so you’ve got to live for the moment.
Now, isn’t that what Jesus was saying in this Sunday’s lectionary reading?
Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.
Is Jesus living for the moment? Or in this moment does he know that his actions will take on – as people say – universal significance?
Lia Scholl looks deeply at this question in her blog – The Result of Revolution – for The Hardest Question. She asks if Jesus understood the universal implications of his death, and does it really matter?
Lia Scholl compares the way that Jesus predicts his own death in the same manner that Martin Luther King predicted his death in 1968. The sermon “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” is a very well known one, and in it Martin Luther King implied that he could tell that his death was coming, not because of some sixth sense, or some ability to predict the future, but instead because every revolutionary faces death.
In the same way that he famously said, “I may not get there with you,” didn’t Jesus say something very, very similar to his disciples?
For me, the crux of the matter, is that Jesus wanted to bring glory to God as a result of his actions. He wanted to do God’s will, to follow God’s way, to be obedient to the cross. And that is where the challenge lies for us. We should want to bring glory to God through our actions, actions that at times seem very difficult. Whilst not many of us could class ourselves as revolutionaries, and I’ve not so much as gone to the mountaintop as to a very small hillock, our actions should be just as bold and courageous.
Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am.
Where was Jesus? The Cross. Where do we need to be? The Cross. To serve. To worship. To care. To bring peace and compassion. This is the journey we are called to.
Sing for the moment.