SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022
10:30 AM (in-person + livestream + kids)
LENT 2022 - THE JOURNEY OF JESUS
In the 40 days before Resurrection Sunday/Easter/Pascha known as Lent, we are following the journey of Jesus from Baptism, to Wilderness, to Public Ministry in Luke.
History's Hinge: Easter
Acts 10:34-43 We believe in the resurrection because we believe in the God who is revealed as pure love. Love is the grid for understanding holiness, for understanding justice, for understanding forgiveness. Love never fails, nor does it coerce or force a right relationship. On the cross, the power of sin and wrath is exposed and absorbed by Jesus. We are free to choose to be "in-Christ" or to submit to powers of destruction.
Paschal Greeting: Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Palm Sunday Review
NT Wright “As we arrive at Jerusalem with Jesus, the question presses upon us. Are we going along for the trip in the hope that Jesus will fulfill some of our hopes and desires? Are we ready to sing a psalm of praise, but only as long as Jesus seems to be doing what we want? The long and dusty pilgrim way of our lives gives most of us plenty of time to sort out our motives for following Jesus in the first place. Are we ready not only to spread our cloaks on the road in front of him, to do the showy and flamboyant thing, but also now to follow him into trouble, controversy, trial and death?”
Views of the Cross (review)
The cross itself is not a metaphor. The purpose of metaphor and images in the New Testament is to help us understand and, above all, to respond to the historical event. The Bible is not simply literature. In the New Testament, Paul insists on a non-mythical, historical, brutally factual character of the crucifixion.
This is where “religion” and the Gospel of Jesus Christ split off from each other.
Views of the Resurrection
“In all religion, it is only the story of the crucified God that can stand up to the challenge of the long history of human wickedness. Christianity is unique… The unalloyed proclamation of Scripture is that the death and resurrection of Christ is the hinge of history. It is the unique old-world-overturning and new-world-constituting event that calls every human project in question—including especially our religious projects.” (F. Rutledge, 461).
Hiking the Landscape
Acts 10:34-35 34 Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 35 but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.
Acts 10:42-43 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to warn them that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 About him all the prophets testify that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Sources: Commentaries I.H. Marshall, T. Longman & D. Garland, F.F. Bruce, J. Pelikan, Workingpreaching.org, Feasting on the Word, others.