Summary: We must believe that the power of Jesus exceeds the power of sin.
A Season of Love- By Reverend A. LaMar Torrence
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure – measure a year? In daylights – In sunsets. In midnights – In cups of coffee. In inches – In miles. In laughter – In strife. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure. A year in the life. How about love? Measure in love – Seasons of love.”
The lyrics are the theme song of the film, “Rent” based on Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical. As a modern day version of the opera, La Boheme, Rent raises some controversial issues and subjects that the traditional church has a tendency to ignore, condemn, and/or criticize: lesbianism, homosexuality, drug addiction, identity crises, flat-out rebellion, and chaos. And as I watched the film and meditated on those lyrics, I had to surrender the “conservative holy-roller” within me to the compassionate Jesus-follower within. Why? Because that’s what Jesus would do. He would not see these characters as they were merely displayed on screen. He would see their hearts. Jesus would see the truth that lies beneath their identity crises, the cross-dressing Angel, the same-sex relationships, the heroin use of Mimi, and their bohemian life-style. Jesus would clearly see that all of these people were searching and reaching for something greater than them. They were searching for freedom, purpose, and above all else, acceptance and love.
I. How do you measure a year?
A. One could imagine how this unknown woman and Jairus spent the last twelve years of their lives prior to meeting Jesus. We know that this unknown woman had a medical condition of constant hemorrhaging. It would be a condition that would define and limit her life culturally, socially, financially, and religiously. She would be ‘unclean’. In Jewish tradition, unclean translated into ‘unfit’, ‘unworthy’, dirty, fifty, and inferior. And there is no doubt that she tried to escape from this label that society had placed on her through several doctor visits, trying the latest treatments, wholistic remedies, all of which exhausted her financially. This woman spent the last twelve years searching for a remedy to her condition. And see with modern day medicine, it may difficult for us to imagine spending every day of life with the medical condition that was permanent. Unless, you are living with HIV, diabetes, MS, Chrons disease, or something similar, it’s difficult for us to imagine a life that centered on medication, visiting doctors, and waking up ever morning with a condition. Maybe your life was one similar to Jairus whereby you spent it as family men, serving in the church, community, caring for your family and simply trying to do the right thing. There were no major disturbances in your life. Every day that you got home to see your loving children, you counted that as a good day. You had purpose. You knew that your life mattered.