This will be my last Words from Will for a while. This Sunday is my last scheduled Sunday to preach at Central, then I’ll have a break before starting at Belin Memorial UMC in Murrells Inlet on July 14. I’ll likely resume Words from Will after that. I don’t know whether Rev. Thomas Smith will do something similar to Words from Will or not, but I know he’ll communicate with you in meaningful ways. Thomas is wise, witty, and warm. He’s a bright and caring person. However he communicates, be it via email, Twitter, pulpit, or in person, you’ll want to receive it.
The South Carolina United Methodist Church’s Annual Conference meeting began yesterday. It is scheduled to conclude Thursday. There’s an extra day this year because the laity and clergy are each electing 8 delegates to represent our Conference at the 2020 General Conference. That added work extends the sessions. It also tends to put people on edge.
Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (a 4th Century bishop) said, “What has not been assumed has not been redeemed.” I thought about that quote when Rev. Pietila shared the insight that Thomas’ primary interest was to see that the Jesus he knew before and during the crucifixion was also the Jesus of the resurrection (John 20:19-31). Thomas may have understood that had the resurrected Jesus not had scars, our wounds would not be redeemed. If so, he anticipated St. Gregory’s point that Jesus was fully human, as well as fully divine, that we have a relatable God who chose to know (assume) the fullness of our humanity in order to redeem it.