Sermon Series: Easter – Jesus the King
Theme: Passion Sunday – ‘Jesus the Crucified King’
Scripture: John 19:1 -16
The Rev Martyn Skinner helped us explore the facets of the trial and cruficixion of Jesus, considering his poor treatment in spite of His innoncence, his treatment as a criminal although he was Lord. As we explored the prouncement that was placed on Jesus cross ‘The King of the Jews’ we note how a remark that was meant as derogatory was, ironically, truer than true. Jesus Kingship was not surrounded by pomp and circumstance, with privilege or with soft cushioned living, but with a profound sense of call and duty which lead all the way to the cross.
Yet even on the cross, Jesus words were words of grace and words of care, especially for his mother. When he cries out the ‘it is finished’ we realise afresh that Jesus was saying ‘I’ve accomplished all that has needed to be accomplished’ – a dutiful Servant King. Our response? In the same way that a Roman Soldier would take his sacramentum to Ceasar, his oath of allegiance, we join together in making our sacrementum through pledging our allegiance to the Crucified King as we share in simple things, bread and wine, confirming our commitment and service to Him.
For further reflection: Read Philippians 2 and reflect on the ways that Jesus laid aside so many things. How should this approach of Jesus shape our discipleship as we follow the King of Kings.
We gathered together for our All Age Worship Mothering Sunday. The Trinity big band was in full swing and the church was packed. We enjoyed a few sessions of ‘Wait ’til I get you home!’ with some of our mums and kids. We then shared from scripture key aspects of parenthood before considering Jesus relationship his mother.
On a few ocassions, Mary had one of those ‘wait ’til I get you home!’ moments….when he went missing at the temple, and then later in Jesus life when he told her off for hurrying him to change the water into wine. I’m sure she had words to say to him on that day! But yet, the day when she’d have loved to have taken him home was the day she looked upon him as he suffered on the cross. Yet, having watched Jesus her whole life, she would have known the path that was before him.
We are reminded of how our parents love can be a picture of the love shown to us. If this was Mary’s response to Jesus on the cross, what would our Father God’s response be? We are overwhelmed that this happened so that we could enjoyed renewed life through Christ.
Sermon Series: The Way of Jesus
Scripture: John 6: 60 – 71
Andrew Clark spoke of the reality of trials in our daily lives and the challenge that we face in living on with living faith during those times. Stories from the struggle for racial justice from the USA in the 1950s under Martin Luther King Jr help us see what determined and hope-filled perseverance can achieve.
In the passage we see Jesus offering his disciples the opportunity to walk away if they couldn’t cope with Jesus teaching and the cost of following him, noting that Paul said that the way to resurrection was always through the road to Calvary. Pressing on towards the goal is something for which we need the grace and mercy of God if we are to go on. Yet, we see Peter, upon hearing Jesus challenge, affirm that there is no one else to whom we can turn as we walk through our journey of faith – ‘you have the words of eternal life’ declares Peter to Jesus.
The challenge to us is to recognise that although sorrow may last for a night, joy comes in the morning.
For further study: Visit again the experience of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, reflect on his suffering, the lack of support from his disciples. Ask yourself how you might stand with friends who are experiencing trial. Present your own trials to God too.