Weekly Letter from the Pastor — April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017

Dear FBCD Family:

It has been wisely said that "we live by stories." The "we" is all of us as individuals, but also collectives, such as families, churches, communities, and nations.

The story by which Christians live is the story of Jesus Christ. That story reaches its climax in Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

Part of serious discipleship is learning to make Christ's story our main story. In other words, we need a kind of spiritual retraining, all of us, to place our own individual stories into the bigger story of Jesus Christ. Instead of being people who are mainly caught up in our own stories — the drama of our individual lives, or perhaps even the stories of our community, family, or nation — we decide to subordinate our story to Christ's story.

Instead of asking how Jesus' story fits into my story, I ask how my story fits with Jesus' story. Am I living like a person who really believes that the story of Jesus is the story at the center of all reality? Am I living from the implications of his story rather than fitting in a little bit of churchgoing around the edges of the grand drama of my own life?

This week, I hope that all of us will dive deeply into Jesus' story once again. Read the Passion Narratives of the Gospels. Come to as many of this week's activities as you can. Enter Easter Sunday, the happy climax of the great Christian story, having worked your way through the dark chapters of that story: Last Supper. Judas. Gethsemane. Arrest. "Trial." Peter's denial. Crucifixion. Burial. Only then: Resurrection!

May Christ be with you, and you with Christ, this special week —
Pastor David