Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder
The Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ,
October 18, 2015 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 91; Isaiah 53:4-12; Mark 10:35-45
Today’s scriptures present a difficult problem to untangle.
Psalm 91 says, “Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you.” And, “When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them and show them my salvation.”
That is comforting, but Isaiah says of God’s servant, “We accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.” And, “It was the will of God to crush him with pain.”
Then Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” And he said, “The cup that I drink you will drink.”
Here is the problem: Jesus made God his refuge and dwelling place, yet evil befell him. He called to God on the cross, and God did not answer. God did not rescue him.
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