Pastor Martin Hoegger, ecumenical officer of the Reformed Church in the Canton of Vaud, preached the following sermon during the opening service of the 19th European Christian Internet Conference, at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, 2 June 2014.
I. Jesus, the open communicator par excellence
The theme of this conference is "Open Internet, Open Church, Open Source."
I would like to meditate on that little word "open".
First and foremost about Jesus as a completely “open” person.
Jesus was open to God and open to human beings: he lived that throughout his life. We read it in the Gospels.
Certainly, there is a mystery in the person of Jesus: his relationship with the one he calls his Father. Gradually he reveals the mystery of this relationship to those he meets.
When we walk with him, he gradually also reveals us the depth of this relationship.
Let us now ask a question: when was Jesus open, at the maximum?
I think it is on the cross. I propose you to read the narrative of the crucifixion according Luke in that way. (Luke 23,32-47)
At that paradoxical moment, Jesus is open to God and to human beings: he continues to communicate with heaven and earth.
Yet it seems that heavens and earth are completely closed for Jesus.
Heaven is closed: God seems to hide and the sky turned dark.
The earth is closed: all his disciples abandoned him, the leaders insulted him, the soldiers mocked him.
Yet in that terrible moment of closing, Jesus does not retire unto himself, he remains open, he continues to communicate.