I just finished what the world knows as Holy Week and what I lovingly call “the week of perpetual church”. It is a week filled with details, rehearsals, changing the worship space stage daily. But it is also a week where I have the privilege of creating space and time for people to come and encounter the risen, living God. And that’s pretty amazing!
But as great as this past week has been…I want more.
I know – that’s a little bit greedy. Well, a lot greedy. I’m ok with that. Because as I stood in front of a packed church and proclaimed that Jesus came to give us life…real, genuine life…I realized that that’s what I want. Deeply…all the way to my toes and even further down to my heart. I want that promise of life Jesus brings. And at the same time it scares the bejeebers out of me.
For when the life Jesus promises bumps into my life…things change. I change. Yeah, that change word again. Sigh…
But this change, even when uncomfortable can be so good! Actually something to celebrate. But we get so focused on the change and the discomfort, we forget that this change is brought about by Jesus showing up and is molding us into something new. Something, someone worth celebrating. And Jesus – well, he loves to celebrate. In fact I would even go so far as to say – Jesus loves to be the celebration creator – or party maker if you would!
In scripture, Jesus is constantly showing up, changing things, messing around with this and that, those and them…and parties break out. Parties where lost are found, the dead brought back to life and the best wine is saved for last! And that wine business – yeah there was A LOT of wine – A LOT! Pretty sure Jesus creates a good party!
And I’m greedy for more people to come to the party. You don’t have to be the life of the party – Jesus already is. You simple are invited to come. Join the festivities. Breathe in new life. Yep, greedy – for me, for you, for all.
So here’s an idea – instead of thinking of God as a killjoy, (which people often do) what if we looked at how Jesus parties with us? Now, that’s something I can get behind! So, come join us for the next few weeks and look at some of the parties Jesus created. And you never know…a party just might be thrown for you! – Pastor Jane Jebsen