Our Current Sermon Series
At the end of Luke 9 the good doctor weaves a new thread into the fabric of the text. It is thin thread, barely visible in the intertwined pattern over the next few chapters, but it’s a strong thread tying it all together. Verse 51 says, “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” The Greek literally says that He “fixed his face to go to Jerusalem.” He set out with purpose and intent. He had a goal and nothing would sidetrack him from his intended destination. This trip would be different from all of his previous trips to the holy city. It would be his last.
Everything that happens over the course of the next few chapters happens on the way to Jerusalem. Every story told, every truth taught, every miracle performed, every person engaged moves Jesus closer to the cross and the tomb. Every so often, Luke weaves the thread into his story telling reminding us that everything that was happening was on the way to Jerusalem. “As he made his way toward Jerusalem,” he adds in Luke 13. He introduces a story in chapter 17 with, “Now on his way to Jerusalem.” The stage was being set for God’s climatic move in the divine-human drama.
As we follow this thread, we see everything in Jesus’ life moves him unalterably to the cross and the tomb- a cross that would empty us of our guilt, and a tomb that would be emptied of its power as well as its corpse.
In this series we want to pull on this thread and look at some of the events it is woven into. Who were the people Jesus encountered on his way to the cross? What did he say to them? What did he teach as he moved with toward the cross with purpose? In so doing, we want our own lives to move closer to the cross. We want to follow Jesus there. We want to leave our own sin and failure on a cross where Jesus left them nailed for all eternity. We want to find our own purpose and direction in an empty tomb where death no longer has final say over our lives.
Traditional: 8:30 am
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Evening Bible Study 6 pm
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."
-2 Corinthians 9:7-8Launch Secure Giving