February 28 – We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before . . . Or Since – Mark 2:1-12 – This is the wonderful story of Jesus healing a man who is paralyzed, who is lowered down through the roof of the house where Jesus was by his friends. Jesus first tells the man that his sins are forgiven. When the religious leaders complain that Jesus can’t forgive sins, He proves His authority to do so by healing the man. The crowd is amazed and says that they have never seen anything like it before. Nor have we ever seen anything like it since. God in human flesh with the power to give us what we need the most–the forgiveness of our sins.
March 7 – Utter Commitment -Luke 9:57-62 / 1 Kings 19:19-23 – Jesus words in the Gospel lesson echo back to the calling of Elisha. Elisha said goodbye to wealth, home and family, even to his ability to make a living to be Elijah’s successor. Jesus calls upon those who would follow Him to make the same utter commitment. Are we ready to make that kind of commitment?
March 14 – A Paradox to Ponder – John 12:20-26 – Jesus’ words in the Gospel lesson present a paradox: Those who love their life in this world will loose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. What does it mean to love our lives? What does it mean to lose or care nothing for our lives in this world? Jesus provides the ultimate example (the kernel of wheat planted in the soil — yet another paradox). We will ponder this/these paradoxes as we consider what it really means to follow Jesus.
March 21 – Servants and Slaves – Mark 10:35-45 – Jesus, who came to give His life as a ransom for many, teaches that those who follow Him must be servants and slaves to others. These is certainly not a popular idea in our society. But the kingdom of God is radically different from the kingdom of this world. Are we ready to be servants and slaves?
March 28 – Palm Sunday – Expectations Meet Reality – Zechariah 9:9-10 – When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, many expected a warrior who would conquer Rome. The reality was a humble servant riding upon a donkey–who is just the kind of Savior we need.