Today’s texts from Jeremiah and Matthew talk about the derision, persecution, and violence (up to and including death) that those who bring God’s message to the world can expect from the world. Both texts agree, however, that in spite of the shame and humiliation, God’s servants will be publicly vindicated, and in ways no one expects.
For Jeremiah’s audience, the Babylonian captivity proved that his message of violence and destruction was true. For the disciples, knowing that Jesus would advocate for them before the Father gave them confidence in the face of rejection from their fellow Jews. In our own day, we should expect the gospel to continue to cause division and provoke anger.
Jesus Christ experienced violence, humiliation, imprisonment on false charges, and finally death, but was vindicated in a most unexpected way when God raised him from the dead. Because of this sign, we can live in hope, and proclaim our faith in thought, word, and deed — come what may.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on June 25, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.