Our Lenten Series this year focuses on the phrase from Isaiah, “By His Wounds We Are Healed” (Isaiah 53:5b). The innocent Son of God had no sins of his own for which he deserved to die, yet his enemies falsely accused him of violating every commandment of God. In each service we will see that it was our sin and disobedience that Jesus bore on the cross. The Lord laid on him “the iniquity of us all.” Because Jesus suffered the penalty of death in our place it is true: “by his wounds we are healed.”
Week 1, March 4 - Jesus is accused of violating the Sabbath.
The commandment: “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it
holy” (Exodus 20:8).
The accusation: “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” (Luke 6:2). “The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him” (Luke 6:7).
Week 2, March 11 - Jesus is accused of dishonoring authority, calling himself a king.
The commandment: “Honor your father and mother” (Exodus 20:12). The accusation: “The [Judeans] cried out, ‘If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar’” (John 19:12).
Week 3, March 18 - Jesus is accused of inspiring rebellion and the destruction of Israel; he is accused of being in league with Satan, who is “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44).
The commandment: “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).
The accusation: “If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation” (John 11:48). “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons” (Matthew 12:24).
Week 4, March 25 - Jesus is accused of associating with tax collectors and prostitutes.
The commandment: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). The accusation: “When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’” (Matthew 9:11).
Week 5, April 1 - Jesus is accused of forbidding the paying of taxes.The commandment: “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
The accusation: “And they began to accuse him, saying, ‘We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar’” (Luke 23:2).
Join us each Wednesday for Lent Worship at 12:15pm or 7:00pm
Blessings in the One who comes in grace and truth, +Pastor Charlie Adams
Of course, when is life not full? Well, an empty schedule can come with age and the things that go with it, like arthritis and other chronic conditions slowing us down, but even then trips to the doctor seem to keep a schedule full. But life at any age or stage can also be empty if all of our activity is done apart from God. At the pinnacle of popularity during His earthly ministry Jesus said to His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
Is your life full? I sure hope so ... full of God’s grace and peace, that is. Having that, all else fits in its proper place.
Living in His grace, +Pastor Charlie Adams
Following Jesus is always an adventure in faith. He leads us to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are blessed with forgiveness, peace, and new life. Celebrate those blessings in weekly worship, and help us sing His praise, thanking Him for His many gifts.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
Do you know someone who would like to know more about Jesus? ... the church? ...
What are Lutherans all about? How does Jesus influences our lives today? Invite them to join you in worship, and let them know I would be glad to talk with them, and if desired teach them the basics of the faith at a time convenient to them. Just give me call at 785-893-4387 any time.
Blessings to all! +Pastor Charlie Adams