Lent (Page 2)

Good Friday – “I crucified thee”

“I crucified thee” “Then Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things written by the Prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked and spitefully entreated and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.  And they understood none…

Palm Sunday – He emptied himself

 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” This morning we have begun Holy Week, the culmination of our Lent and leading to the most important celebration of the Christian year – the Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday. Through this coming…

Passion Sunday – Before Abraham was, I am

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.[1] Anthony Bloom was a doctor who later became a bishop. He was born to a Russian family just before outbreak of WWI. After the Russian Revolution, they had to flee Iran, and eventually settled in Paris, part of a significant Russian…

Lent 4 – The Mother of us all

The Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Some might say that Lent is a season to be sorrowful for our sins, a time of mourning, and certainly there are times within Lent where that might be a greater emphasis – especially in Holy Week, leading to Good Friday.  But my Christian teachers have stressed that Lent is a time of the lightening of burdens as we cast off…

Lent 3 – Separating light from darkness in our souls

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. We are continuing our Lenten journey to Jerusalem, following Jesus to his Passion and death upon the Cross – it was a death for us, to propitiate, to reconcile us, who are sinners, to God.  Jesus told us to take up our cross and to follow Him.  We participate in that journey to Jerusalem, in…

Lent 2 – Jesus welcomes all

Was our Lord Jesus Christ harsh to this foreign woman?  Did he try to keep his distance from a woman who was not part of the religion and the culture of Israel?  Did he have a negative attitude to people who were not from his tribe? 1  Jesus meets foreigner Jesus travelled to the area of Tyrus and Sidon, now called Lebanon.  He did this as he hoped for some relaxation.  By going outside the…

Lent 1 – And nothing but the Truth

[preached at All Saints Amersfoort] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  Lent has begun last Wednesday, when, those of us who came for the imposition of ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, were reminded to return to the dust from which we came:  “You are dust, O man / O woman, and to dust you shall return.”  A reminder of…

Palm Sunday – Mind Christ

“Let this mind be in you, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who…humbled himself; by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross.” Philippians 2:5f Yesterday I was given the gift of a flight over the Netherlands with Stephan Westerbeek van Eerten in a tiny plane, more like a kite – viewing the world and our church from the heavens above.  For a couple of hours we were lifted above our lives here…

Lent 5 – I am who I am

“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him. We are journeying with Jesus during Lent towards Jerusalem.  It will end in the death of Jesus on the Cross.  This morning there is a kind of sharpening of our focus on the results of that journey – a confrontation between the Truth and the lies Jesus has come to cut through.  But also, some…

Lent 3 – A fragrant offering

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. For three weeks now in Lent we have been going up to Jerusalem with Jesus – and the three Gospels so far have all been about Jesus confronting the devil and his works. It is a prominent aspect of the message of the Gospels, that the world is captivated by Satan and that Jesus has…