The pandemic has heightened our sense of “crisis”. There has been a crisis in our hospitals, care-homes, schools. There has been a crisis in many industries – entertainment, leisure, hospitality. Many have felt like they have been battling their own personal crises or crises within their family. The “krisis” of the world is at the centre of our Gospel reading this morning. Jesus says, now is the judgment of this world, which could be equally translated “now is the crisis for the universe.” Today is Passion Sunday and I want to encourage you, as we recall once again the drama of Jesus’ passion, his willingly entering into suffering for the salvation of the world, to move your perspectives, your horizons. To zone out for the crises that we see in society, in our families, in our lives, to the crisis of the whole world. To move from the particular, which already gets 99% of our attention, to the general and universal. Just for a few minutes. For today, we remember one who is lifted up, that He may draw the whole world, the whole universe to Himself. We remember one who is lifted high upon the cross, to take on the judgment of the world. For all people for all time. We remember one who brings reconciliation to a universe in crisis. The hour of his destiny and death has come. It will cast an unfavourable light on the world. It will show it up for what it has degenerated into. It will cast light on the world’s pattern of egocentric behaviour and fear, around a ruling principle of the lust for power and materiality. But at the same time, it will illumine another world order, at the centre of which will be Jesus raised up from the earth and powerless. To the eyes of some he will appear defeated, but others as they look at him will see the glory of the Father and they will be drawn as to a magnet, as they trust themselves to him and to his Father they will enter into a new world order of Love. Friends, what is at the centre of your universe? Is it your ego? Is it some illusory prince of darkness? Is it power? Things? Now the hour has come, and as Jesus is lifted up on the cross the whole empire of darkness cracks and falls into ruins around its illusory prince; the ruler of the kosmos is cast out and is seen to have no power beyond his own kingdom of unreality. But in his place there is a new centre, Jesus lifted up, and around him a new world order is forming with an invitation for you and for me, to join in with what God is doing, in Him. Now is the crisis, and now is the discrimination, because there are two centres to choose between. The question cannot be avoided. Which do you choose? For it will make all the difference to what you see when you see Him lifted up high upon the cross. Amen.