By having Jesus crucified, civil and religious powers thought they had shut down Jesus and his radical welcoming of the outcast.
But Jesus death, says Christian faith, does just the opposite: it opens things up. It welcomes people in. John’s gospel quotes Jesus as saying, “And I, when I am lifted up, will draw all people to myself.” Matthew, Mark, and Luke speak of the curtain in the temple being torn in two at the time of Jesus’ death. Matthew adds that the rocks were split and graves were opened. And all four gospels witness to the empty tomb. Jesus opens the way. There is plenty of room for all.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is God’s way of knocking down walls, bursting through barriers, and opening doors.
The death and resurrection of Jesus cracks open the religious institution. The church is not only for those who pass our tests of purity. It is not only for those who think, act, look, and feel just like us.
Jesus death and resurrection is God saying, “Now there is room for everyone.”
Thank you, Lord, for opening the way for all to be included. Join us to your good work of opening doors and breaking down walls. Amen