The Salt and Light, Hands and Feet of Christ

Sermon Series

Sunday 3/5/17 : “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise”
{Lent Sunday 1, Word 2}

Scripture: Luke 23:43
The word paradise, from the Greek word paradeisos, which meant “garden,” was used in the Greek Old Testament as a word for the Garden
of Eden. In Judaism of the time of Jesus it was associated with heaven, and also with the future when God would restore all things to the
perfection of the Garden. And so, Jesus promises restoration and life in “the garden” to a thief who acknowledged him in his dying moments.
It is also interesting to note the way that in the Old Testament, God is often asking his people to “remember him” and here we see a human
asking the same of God.


Sunday 3/12/17 : “Woman, Behold Your Son”
{Lent Sunday 2, Word 3}

Scripture: John 19:26
One cannot think of Mary at the end without remembering her at the beginning. She is the only figure other than Jesus himself who ties
together the first things and the last. She is the only one at mangerside who remains to stand at the cross. It is she who at the beginning was
warned by ancient Simeon at the temple that a sword would pierce her heart. And now here she is at Golgotha. And now here is that sword,
running her clean through. Mary is the continuity. She first before any in the world heard the promise of messianic redemption from the angel
and was witness from the first day to the last.
So let us not see that Jesus’ statements to his mother and to his disciple are only his tying up loose ends before dying. They are, but are not
only or even mostly, the tender concern of a dying son for his aging mother. Rather, this is an act of community organizing. To that woman,
who bore God within her, who heard, accepted and embraced — who believed — the vision of God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, the
Church will be her child. The Church and its disciples will see in her unwavering visage the mother of their desires, the maternal nurturer of
an apostolic faith of furious mission. Amen. (Andrew Dietsche)


Sunday 3/19/17 : “My God, My God, Why Have you Forsaken Me?”
{Lent Sunday 3, Word 4}

Scripture: Mark 15:34, Psalm 22
This word perfectly depicts the emotions Christ felt as he took on all of our brokenness. While on the cross, Jesus quotes the words of the
Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my
God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. (vv. 1-2) This is a good opportunity to explore the act of
lamenting – where is God in our sorrow? Why does God not answer when I cry out to him for help?


Sunday 3/26/17 : “I thirst.”
{Lent Sunday 4, Word 5}

Scripture: John 19:28
As Jesus hangs on the cross He cries out “I thirst!” And no doubt was he likely thirsty after the torture he had endured. But it’s difficult not to
think also of the paradox that Christ had declared Himself to be the living water – anyone who drinks of this will never thirst, he told the
woman at the well. What was Jesus experiencing that he was no longer in the streams of living water? How do we live life thirsty when we
have access to a well that will never run dry?


Sunday 4/2/17 : “It is Finished.”
{Lent Sunday 5, Word 6}

Scripture: John 19:30
When Jesus said “It is finished,” surely he was expressing relief that his suffering was over. “It is finished” meant, in part, “This is finally
done!” But the Greek verb translated as “It is finished” (tetelestai) means more than just this. Eugene Peterson captures the full sense of the
verb in The Message: “It’s done . . . complete.” Jesus had accomplished his mission. He had announced and inaugurated the kingdom of
God. He had revealed the love and grace of God. And he had embodied that love and grace by dying for the sin of the world, thus opening
up the way for all to live under the reign of God. (Rev. Mark Roberts)


Sunday 4/9/17 : “Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”
{Lent Sunday 6, Word 7 – PALM SUNDAY}

Scripture: Luke 23:46
Psalm 31 – O LORD, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. (v. 1)

I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God. (v. 5)
Praise the LORD, for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack. (v. 21)
Jesus entrusts his future to his father, not because he thinks he will save him from death, but because he trusts that he will deliver him in
resurrection. Even as he entered the city on Palm Sunday, Christ knew what he face this week. How do we live into the assurance of Christ’s
salvation in our every day life?