Second Sunday of Lent, Bird is the Word! Theology of the cross explored.

Posted: March 21, 2019 in Uncategorized
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WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE? Theologically speaking, why does the cross even matter to us? And how does it matter? Ask yourself, why the cross matters to you. Maybe it doesn’t.

On the second Sunday of Lent this year, I decided to tackle the theological problem of the cross be exploring a variety explanations, from substitutionary atonement to creation theology which, simply put, says that the cross restores us and the creation to God. I see the cross somewhat differently.

For me, the cross is a key that unlocks our tombs and sets us free. The cross is our liberation from all those things that entomb us or separate us from God; our fear, our greed and lust for power, our hatred and bigotry, for examples.

In the video, I share Jackie Lautens’ beautiful and true story about the release of a trapped bird in a downtown Toronto park, as told by her husband, the late Gary Lautens, the Canadian columnist. Still, maybe the cross isn’t to be reasoned with anyhow. Paul said, after all, that the “message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing” and only to those who are being saved is it “the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

I hope you find this Lenten message, Bird is the Word, helpful to you as you journey through the wilderness of Lent toward the cross of Good Friday, and then onward toward the open tomb of Easter morning.

If the cross matters to you, I’d love to know why and how. Please share your thoughts either here or on Facebook.

Love,
Mark

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