LISTEN: Matthew 21: Jesus the Servant Healer

A painting of Jesus' final entry into Jerusalem, by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1897 (Image: Wikiart)

Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that Jesus came to serve and give himself as a ransom for many. This is the paradox: He rides in on a donkey and not a warhorse. He comes in vulnerability, gentleness and humility. Jesus is a healer and as such He loved the Temple; the blind and lame came there and he healed them. Rev. Pileggi concludes the sermon with a reflection on salvation. It is a summons to the promised land; coming into a place of destiny and secondly, God wants to create a people, called out, with direction, going on a journey together, a community in which God lives. We are called to live in humility, not to be served but to serve. Why did God save us? To purify for himself a people.

Readings: Exodus 12: 1-28 Matthew 21: 1-11

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David Pileggi lives in Jerusalem with his wife Carol and their three adult children where he is the rector of Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have lived in Israel for 33 years where David has worked as a journalist/researcher and for 19 years was director of a study program dedicated to teaching Christians about the Jewish context of their faith. David has an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jewish Studies and is a licensed tour guide.