This weekend we continue in Jesus’s final sermon among his beloved on the final night of his earthly life. And we will really get into the thick of it.

While last week we heard of gently rolling hills covered in vines and a love that will do anything for its friends, on Sunday we will talk about what really happens when you follow Jesus.

And it’s not always pretty.

The late Rachel Held Evans once wrote, “What makes the Gospel offensive isn’t who it keeps out, but who it lets in.”

And the honest truth is that when we are following Jesus and God closely, truly pursuing them, we will usually start bothering people by the way we live. Not necessarily because we are doing traditionally outrageous things, but rather because we are welcoming in and seeking out the lost and the last, the outcast and the stranger, and all those other people that the world (especially the “church”) doesn’t want.

Because that is precisely what Jesus would do.

That’s one of the biggest reasons that those in power killed him: he turned everything they knew about God upside down. The status quo was thrown out the window. And all their control was gone.

Be sure you know what you’re getting into when you dive into those baptismal waters. But once you do, get ready – because God is going to take you to amazing places you cannot even imagine now.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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