Tuesday, March 31, 2009

He Ain't No Superstar!

Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho
Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna
Hey J C, J C you're alright by me
Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar

So goes the chorus of the crowd as the character of Jesus Christ Superstar enters the city of Jerusalem on the day we now call Palm Sunday. The only problem with superstars is that they too often fall from the heights and coming crashing into some dark hole of anti-stardom. Of the real Jesus Christ this of course is not true.

Jesus was no superstar, as our Bible text from last week's sermon (The Exclusivity of Jesus) pointed out, Jesus is the "light of the world." (John 8:12) He is not some superstar placed in the heavens by the decision of the populace, but in fact He is the One who is Light Himself.

The Apostle John would also write in his letters, "This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5) Our Lord is not someone who shines brightly for awhile only to be overshadowed by some other light, no He is the One who was light from the beginning, and it is His light that is the very life of all people. (John 1:4-5)

Like the people of Jerusalem 2000 years ago, we are desirous of lifting people to superstar status. There seems built into us the need to have someone who shines brightly, a star that lifts us out of our own personal places of darkness and gloom. Jesus does that, but so much more.

In this coming Sunday's passage (John 8: 31-47) Jesus calls His would be followers to a place of commitment and action. He tells those gathered that to have a relationship with the heavenly Father demands that they have a relationship of trust and obedience with the One that the Father as sent, namely Jesus, the Christ.

The "hard teaching" of Jesus related in this passage again comes to the issue of light. To believe and trust in Him puts you in relationship with God the Father, the God who is Light, but to reject that relationship gives you another father, Satan, the father of lies, and to carry with our theme, the god of the dark.

As the events of that Passover week unfolded the people who were calling out for a superstar soon changed the words of their song,

We need him crucified
It's all you have to do
We need him crucified
It's all you have to do

How quickly the light of a superstar fades in our eyes. How desperately we need a light that bears no shadows, a light that fully encompasses the whole of our lives. This is the Light that is Jesus. This is the Light who is the one and only Son of God (John 3:16). This is the Light of the world, if whom we follow, then we shall never walk in darkness, but have the Light that is Life. (John 1:4-5)

This Passion Week, let us all seek to dwell in the Light. Let us choose to know the Father who sent His Son to be the Savior of the world, and let us follow Him. (1 John 4:14)

1 comment:

Linda : ) said...

It is true that we all seem to want heroes. We want someone to do what we can't do, who will do what needs to be done, someone who will take care of business for us. But unlike other heroes, Jesus calls us to "hold to his teachings". He demands something of us, calling us to also "take care of business". This may be why the crowd so quickly changed their tune. They didn't want someone to call them into action. They wanted the easy road -- a hero who allows them to continue to live their lives as they have always done, one that will come in and clean up the messes -- a savior, but not a lord.