Oh, what a mixed up week it’s been! As a Christian I have spent the last week or so following the journey of Jesus into Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago.
It was there that he was betrayed by one of his own disciples, tried in a mock trial and was then crucified on a cross along with two criminals.
I’m sure that those who witnessed this horrific scene thought that was end of Jesus, the one who was seen as a trouble maker by the priests at the Temple. But as we know now it wasn’t.
Jesus was raised to life again and appeared to Mary Magdalene and to his disciples.
Jesus had given his life and God the Father had raised him from death so that all who believe in him could and still can have life in all its fullness.
He died so that we can live!
In the midst of our journey through this most special time for Christians we hear the news that so many had been killed and injured in Brussels by those intent on getting their own way by any means.
Then a Muslim shopkeeper was murdered because he wished his Christian customers a Happy Easter! And then on Easter Day of all days the bombings in Lahore.
All of these atrocities were purported to be done in God’s name.
I do not believe that this is God’s will whether it’s done in the name of the God of the Christians or the Jews or of the Muslims.
Indeed, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a former Chief Rabbi in United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, argues in his book, Not in God’s Name, that we can never justify violence against other people in God’s name.
What a mixed up world we live in!
I suggest that rather than seeking our own way through violent means, we should seek to walk in the way of love and peace that God shows us through the life of Jesus, who died and rose again that we might have life and have it abundantly.