In Luke 22, Luke makes it clear how we should understand Jesus' death on the cross. Jesus and his closest disciples share a Passover meal. While they do this, Jesus reinterprets the bread and the wine of that meal. He teaches his disciples to understand his death on the cross as a similar event to God's deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt. Jesus' death will establish God's "new covenant," the forgiveness of sins.
Click the link below to view, download, or print a manuscript version of the lesson from this Sunday. This was our first "drive-in" style worship gathering, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our focus was upon sharing the Lord's Supper together. So, this lesson is more like a slightly longer "table talk" preparing for communion.
Sermon from Mark 2:13-17
Jesus calls Levi the tax collector to follow him and learn the way of the Kingdom of God. On further thought, this is a surprising choice that offers a lot of hope to the rest of us.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to our churches being closed for about two months now. What if we can't go back to the way things were before? What if we can reopen our churches only at a drastically reduced capacity? Times like these urge us to look to Lord Jesus for guidance. The story of the healing of a paralytic in Mark 2:1-12 suggests that we need to consider that Jesus might be doing something new with the Church today. To preserve genuine worship gatherings in this time of social distancing, might house churches be a way forward? Might it be that Jesus is sending his Church home?
Jesus compassionately heals a leper from his dread disease. On closer inspection, though, we learn that Jesus was angry for several important reasons. By his example, then, we gain some important insights about how to respond constructively when we get angry.