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Tuesday and Wednesday after Lent IV–March 24 & 25

  • Posted on Mar 25, 2009

Crossing Over

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” Mark 4:35

I’ve been praying over this passage for a few days now. It is the passage that I am preaching on at the Lenten Ecumenical Service at Union Baptist on Druid Hill Avenue this noonday. The rest of the passage is about Jesus and disciples in the boat when a great storm arises. The wind lashes at the sails and the waves violently rock the boat. Amidst the clamor and fear, Jesus calmly sleeps in the bottom of the boat. All curled up like a cat in the sun, I imagine, while bedlam and chaos are all around him. Finally, the disciples wake him up. “Don’t you care about us perishing in this storm?” they ask. Jesus essentially says what he often says—don’t be afraid, I am with you, have faith. Then Jesus calmly, deliberately, stills the storm. Everyone arrives on the other side of the sea intact.

My theme for the sermon is “Crossing Over.” I’ll report tonight on how I actually preached this text and theme. When you read this, think of yourself as the preacher. How would you preach this passage? What immediately comes to mind when you imagine yourself in the boat?