Rev. Shawn Bakker, Executive Publisher of The Upper Room, proclaimed the Good News of God yesterday in The Upper Room Chapel, expounding on John 15: 1-17 and Isaiah 5: 1-7.
“The presupposition of the ‘I am’ saying in John 15 is that we are all branches connected in the same way to the same vine,” said Bakker.
“We are no different. We are all in this together, at least for a time. The warning for the ones who bear no fruit come against those who already boast an attachment to Jesus. Today, it is an indictment of you and me.
“Consider that we live in a world where white women are paid 77 cents for every dollar a white man is paid to do the same work. Hispanic/Latina women are paid 54 cents for that same dollar. Moreover, despite representing more than half of professional-level jobs, women make up just 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. And more than 22 million working women lack paid sick days.
“God will remove every branch of the vine that bears no fruit, John’s Jesus says. And the passage’s echoes of Isaiah remind us that our bearing fruit has everything to do with justice. For God expects justice, but sees bloodshed. And God expects righteousness, but hears a cry.”
Challenging to the status quo, soul stirring for all of those who call themselves followers of Jesus, Bakker’s words did not land lightly, leaving all in a Lenten state of wonder – Are we connected to the vine? Do we actually get what John’s Jesus proclaimed?
To read all of Bakker’s sermon, click here.
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