Sermons from March 2018

Good Friday – Why Sacrifice?

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Galatians 6:14] Today is the most solemn day of the Christian year. We have prepared ourselves for it with an almost forty day fast.  We have intensified our focus on the Cross by veiling it for the past two weeks in church services.  Last night we have stripped away all other furnishings in the church except this Cross, that we…

Maundy Thursday – A new commandment

On this Holy Thursday we commemorate Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and the institution of the Holy Communion at the Last Supper. I find the Gospel accounts of that last night with the disciples, to be one of the most moving and revealing passages of Scripture. The gift of Holy Communion to me, is the core of what the church has to offer, for all who are hungry and thirsty and who long…

Tuesday in Holy Week – King Jesus

In this Holy Week, we are following Jesus on his journey through Jerusalem. Two days ago, on Palm Sunday we were standing on the side of the road, waving with our palm branches and our palm crosses, when He was riding on his donkey into Jerusalem. And doing so, Jesus was fulfilling the prophesy by Zechariah: ‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!      Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you,      righteous and…

Wednesday in Holy Week – Not my will, but Yours be done

Today we are coming closer to the climax of Christ’s suffering. We will look at Jesus’ prayer as He knows his death is near, one of his most important prayers:  “Not my will, but Yours be done.” He prays this while he is on the Mount of Olives, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples – which we will remember tomorrow. Yet, this prayer of Christ is crucial for understanding his whole life and mission.…

Lent 5 – Giving up murder

  How much more shall the blood of Christ… purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. [Hebrews 9:11-15] Lent is a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with Jesus. On that journey, in the last few weeks, we have had these confrontations with demons – first Jesus himself, with his temptations by Satan in the wilderness, and showing us in these core responses to the devil in his fast, how we can see through the…