Easter Season 2022
Next week is the time we remember Jesus beginning the final week of his earthly ministry. We’ll be looking at what we usually call “The Triumphal Entry” as he rides into Jerusalem. Proclaimed by the crowds to be their expected king, we find Jesus modeling for us a different way of treating power. While we are often tempted to grasp for power that is outside of our reach, Jesus, who has all power and all authority, lays what is rightfully his aside for the sake of others. When we talk about following Jesus, this week reminds us we are talking about some difficult territory.
Looking ahead—after the Easter season, our next sermon series will be on the book of Isaiah. This Old Testament prophetic book has been compared to a gospel because there are so many passages that foreshadow the coming of the Messiah. Many of the passages that do this are well known to us, such as Isaiah 7:11, Isaiah 11, and Isaiah 53. There are other passage that have affected our perception of Christian teachings though they are lesser known. Did you know, for example, that the name Lucifer is derived from a passage in Isaiah? I think you’ll find this not only an interesting journey through the book of Isaiah, but one that will help us all grow in our faith.
Every week I am reminded of how many people are struggling with so many different challenges. We sometimes become so locked in our own perspective that we forget how other people are hurting and being affected by situations going on around them. Let’s continue to pray for one another and encourage one another. It’s a big part of what it means to be Christ’s body. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” (Galatians 6:2, NIV).
I’m praying for you.
Scripture readings for next Sunday
Matthew 21:1-27—How would you describe the significance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem?
Psalm 118—List as many parts of this psalm as you can that refer to Jesus’ triumphal entry.
Zechariah 9:9-17—How do you understand this prophecy being fulfilled in Jesus?
Jeremiah 8:8-13—How does this warning mirror Jesus’ action with cursing the fig tree?