The lens makes all the difference.
Sin is contagious. It needs to be eradicated. Jesus does that.
[Ironically, this is the one that didn’t get preached in church, on the anniversary of our Covid lockdown, because Pastor Jenn was sick with a fever that day. (She doesn’t have Covid–don’t worry!)]
There is no sin that doesn’t hurt anyone. The sin of slavery hurts everyone. And Jesus frees us.
Cleaning out the good in favor of the best.
Rev Barbara Jernigan
Abraham could have stopped believing that this God who had called him was really different from the gods he had left in the human-sacrificing city of Ur, and obeyed no matter what, as just one god among many.
Abraham could have held onto his belief that this God was different from the gods he had left and as such God would never ask such a thing as sacrificing the son of the promise.
Either way, the promise was doomed. Or Abraham could have found the third way.
This is the one where Pastor Jenn completely loses it in the middle.
We know Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but how did that actually work? For one thing, He fulfilled the terms of the covenant with Abraham.
The greatest evil that could befall the Church–and consequently the world–is for God’s people to become disunited from the Trinity and then from each other.
Where Spirit-and-Truth worship occurs, mission and our fulfillment inevitably follow.
Is it possible that this story is showing us that Jesus–that God Himself–has longings deeper than His incarnate physical needs, too?