In Luke 9:51, after spending 9 chapters telling us who Jesus is, Luke, the author, tells us this one very important detail: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Just earlier in that same chapter the lights went on for the disciples and they began, imperfectly, to realise that Jesus was the Messiah, God’s king sent to redeem his people. Following that revelation Jesus takes them even further in their understanding of himself and his mission, and he tells them that he’s going to be handed over to the authorities and die at their hand. In fulfillment of that prediction he resolutely heads to Jerusalem to face his death.
As a congregation, we’re on a journey to Easter. And so I thought we’d journey with Jesus through Luke’s gospel, as he journeys to the very first Easter, listening to what he says along the way, and observing what he does along the way. We’ll see the Son of God resolutely committed to obeying his Father, by redeeming the broken, the sinful, the despairing, and the lost. In this season of Lent I want to invite you to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem. What you see and hear along the way will profoundly change you.
Sunday Mornings at 10AM. 5 March – 9 April 2017.