For some, Jesus is a good luck charm. He is the "Rabbit's Foot" Redeemer. Pocket sized; Handy. His specialty? Getting you out of a jam! Need a parking place? Need help on a quiz? Pull out the rabbit's foot. No need to have a relationship with Him. No need to love Him. New jobs. New and improved spouses. Your wish is His command. Few demands. No challenges. No need for sacrifice. No need for commitment.
That's not the Redeemer of the New Testament. When the disciples were in the storm, He rescued them. When the multitudes were hungry, He fed them. Prayer, service, and instruction all mattered to His ministry but they fell short of a higher call.
"The Son of Man" scripture says, "Came to serve others and give His life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)
It was the end of the most significant week in the history of the world, a week of final moments. Jesus and the apostles' last meal together. The last time Jesus prays in the Garden; the concluding confrontation with enemies; the final encounter with pain.
And the last event. . . a daring display of unleashed divine power. The entombed Savior unbound by a holy explosion. What was a sepulcher is now a symbolland marking the greatest victory in the most crucial battle. It was a week of final moments. It was a week of endings. Or was it the beginning?
"And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples." (Matthew 26:18)
He sets a table of grace and invites all who are hungry and thirsty to come and dine. Jesus provides supper, supplication and salvation. "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." (John 12:32) The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them! Rabbit charmhardly. Saviorabsolutely! Amen.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)