Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Our Lenten journey together begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, as we embark on what it might have been like to stand with others “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” on that horrible Friday when Christ was crucified.

Listen to the first verse of the hymn we are focusing on to see what we will be encountering in the next few Sundays leading up to our resurrection victory on Easter Sunday:

“Beneath the cross of Jesus, I long to take my stand;

The shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land,

A home within a wilderness, a rest upon the way,

From the burning of the noontide heat and the burdens of the day.”

With that in mind, here is what the preaching series will highlight, based on the seven last words that Jesus spoke from the cross:

On March 1, the sermon title is: “Father, Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do,” – as Jesus, in His physical agony, cries out to God in asking forgiveness for those who have beaten, spit, whipped, mocked, and nailed His body to the tree.

On March 8, the sermon title is: “Truly, Truly, I Tell You, Today You Will Be With Me in Paradise,” – as Jesus promises the repentant thief crucified with Him at Calvary.

On March 15, the sermon title is: “Behold Your Son, Behold Your Mother,” – as a dying Jesus turns over the care of His mother, Mary, to His beloved disciple, John. We will be looking at the Gospel narrative found in John 19: 26-27 on this Sunday.

On March 22, the sermon title is: “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?” as Jesus cries these agonizing words from the cruelty of the cross.

On March 29, the sermon title is: “I Thirst,” and we will contrast the physical thirst of Jesus with His offer of Living Water” to sinners and His command to “Take and Drink” as He instituted Holy Communion.

On April 5, the sermon title is: “It Is Finished,” as we look at how Jesus completed His mission on earth.

On Good Friday, April 10, the sermon title is: “Father, Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit” as we learn how Jesus took command over death and willingly died to redeem us from our sins.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, the sermon title is: “Truly This Was The Son of God,” as we bask in the Resurrection Son-light even as the Roman Centurion at the foot of cross makes the first declaration of the victory of our Conquering Lord.

Plan to attend these thought-provoking worship experiences as we weave our prayers into the fabric of those who have pondered before us. It might seem like a tragically awful journey to take. But remember, our God promises “We Will Never Walk Alone” and that a rainbow awaits us on the other side.

–Pastor Sue