In the USA we are about to hit the spring time change. This is set to happen on Sunday at 2 a.m. I know that not all states participate, but here in South Dakota and neighboring North Dakota we are compliant. I checked into this practice many years ago to find out where it started, only to be disappointed that it was originally the brainchild of one of my favorite statesmen, Benjamin Franklin. Anyway, that is not the point of my post today. I am sharing with you the article that I submitted to the weekly newspaper in the town where I am a Pastor. I submitted the article this morning and it will be published and on the newsstands next Wednesday, so you can see I wrote it as if Sunday was already over. I could fix it here, but I am not going to so just go with it. Here is an early look at my Faith Finder article for the March 16th edition.
Ah yes, on Sunday we either woke groggy because we lost an hour of sleep due to the time change, or we slept the same amount missing out on some part of our normal morning activity. It is the same each year, with the result being that we have more light in the evening thus allowing those who work indoors to have more time in the light after the shop closes or school is out or any number of things. I used to resist the time change refusing to adjust my clocks sometimes for as long as a month or two. I gave up that plan a couple of years ago. It wasn’t worth the effort of trying to convert the time on the clock to the time needed to be some place. And with today’s digital age and cell phones, we no longer control all of our clocks manually, so I have given up protesting the time change.
Change is hard on most of us whether it is the clocks in the spring and fall or a tradition that we have experienced for many years. Change was something the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders were not interested in having happen to their religion and customs, but change is exactly what Jesus brought to the world. In each of the gospels (Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46 and John 2:13-17) we can read the story of how Jesus went to the temple and drove out the sacrificial animal vendors and money changers. Jesus did this in an effort to rid the temple of the merchants who were not exactly doing right by the people who were coming to offer a sincere sacrifice to God. Jesus ultimately did away with the need for a blood sacrifice when he offered himself for the sins of all humanity.
After Jesus was crucified, died and rose again there was no need for any other blood to be shed. His blood was enough to cover all of our sins. What we need to remember is that he died not just for his disciples and friends, but for us too. Sadly, in our great modern technological age, we sometimes forget that though Jesus died for us, it is not because we deserve it, but because we are sinners. Jesus died for all of us. As we look around ourselves this year during the Passion Week and at Easter, let’s be aware that this “change” in how things were done in terms of sacrifice was for the other sinners around us as much as it was for us. May you all have a Blessed Easter.