When Christ walked among us he showed us that God is one who is willing to come and “argue it out” (Isa. 1:18) with his people. Moreover, Jesus does not beat us, he does not win the argument. Instead Jesus offers himself in obedience — obedience born of faith — to the Father’s will. The faith in the Father that Jesus models is the same faith he asks us to have.
Readings from Isaiah 1:10-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on November 3, 2019.