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February 18, 2018

Lent 2018Message :: Showing Up for Lent
Rev. Hardy H. Kim

Jesus is beginning his journey to the cross, even now in this story of his baptism. He gets driven out into the wilderness to be tempted, to be tested and prepared for his ministry. This seems strange to us only because it doesn’t fit that neatly with the idea that it’s all aimed at his eventual victory.

The reality is that he shows up to start his public work in response to the arrest of John the Baptist. He shows up to a situation of bad news.

This places different weight on how Jesus’ ministry serves as a model for our faithfulness. Are we Christians because we want to be part of an inevitable march to victory? Or are we, like Jesus, willing to show up in the face of bad situations, no matter what happens?