You might remember the pizza commercials from years ago, when a person at home was surprised by how tasty a frozen pizza turned out to be. And the buzzline would echo, “It’s not delivery; it’s DiGiorno.” Oddly, that ad campaign has been running through my head in preparation for Sunday, because I tend to believe that in this passage, what you see is not what you get.
Sunday’s scripture is pretty disconcerting. Jesus and the disciples walk out of the temple, and the disciples are gawking over the mighty architecture, when Jesus retorts, “These great buildings? They’re about to crumble . . . to be thrown down.”
And that’s pretty much the high point; unless you find war, persecution, and starvation uplifting. (Which you don’t . . . I know you don’t.) Still, particularly in this time of societal turmoil, of extreme environmental events, and struggles to keep peace with our immediate neighbors, much less distant foreign powers, I find hope in many of these words. To understand why, you’ve got to read to the bottom of the passage, where Jesus adds ominously, “This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” This leads me to wonder, if maybe “it’s not destruction, it’s delivery.”
Join us Sunday as we explore what it means to be disciples in times of crumbling and pain.
- Scripture: Mark 13:1-8
- Sermon: “Demolition Discipleship”
I look forward to spending this Sunday before Thanksgiving with you, and I do indeed give thanks for you all!