Fifth Sunday in Lent
Year 4: March 18, 2018
Preaching Text: John 19:1-16a
7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar
(Written for ages 5-6)
Comment: This week continues Jesus’ trial before Pilate. Like Pilate, the private “I” in 7 Ate 9 is also seeking the truth after 6 accuses 7 of eating 9. The accusers of both 7 and Jesus want them out of the way, and they will lie and take on new identities to accomplish this. The Jewish chief priests claim allegiance to Caesar, not God, in order to see Jesus crucified. 9 disguises himself as 6 to get 7 locked up for eating 9. Private “I” turns out to be better than Pilate at getting to the “why” behind the accusations brought against the accused. As we read this text and story, we are challenged to consider how our own fears, desires, and jealousy lead us to participate in accusation, condemnation, and the shouts of “Crucify him!”
Thanks to regular contributo Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links.