The Shepherd’s Vigil 04/17/2019

A Weekly Message from Rev. Rafe Vigil, Senior Pastor

Holy Week, this whole week is the story of how God saves and loves with extravagance.  It starts with the humorous image of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.  Here is a man riding into Jerusalem on an animal about the size of a Key deer.  It is hard to look impressive on the back of a small steed while your feet drag the ground.  Then you have all the people shouting, Hosanna, which means “save us now”.
 
The image hardly inspires confidence. This is how God chooses to save us all?
 
Then the Savior eats with His betrayer and fickle friends. This is how God saves? There will be no reorientation of political powers and empires but rather extravagant love and forgiveness that will reorient the human heart. This is how God saves!
 
Good Friday is good because it proclaims that God walks with us through our life, especially in the times of sin, trial and death. Good news, God is with you and me.
 
I look forward to sharing the Good news of this week and the resurrection with you. May God be evident in your journey of faith.
 
Peace,
 
Pastor Rafe