The season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is here. I am excited that we are going to be having the light display up for our church and community to enjoy. The good news is that God is not done with First Christian of Salina! New faces are joining us each week, and some are returning to probably become a regular part of our weekly worship gathering!
Much to be thankful to God for in this season of the year and in this season of our church journey. Our study in Mark’s Gospel has taken a turn toward the second half of the book. As mentioned on Sunday morning, Jesus and his disciples are “on the way” toward Jerusalem. We continue to see that Jesus is more than a prophet and more than just the promised Messiah. The disciples seem to have break through moments of clarity and insight into Jesus, but they struggle of Jesus’ plain language of His soon to be crucifixion and resurrection. We as the reader learn that Jerusalem is where the unthinkable will take place by crucifying Jesus-the-Godman. The disciples are still learning their own future is “on the way” too. This was case for John the Baptist and will be the case for those who decide to follow Jesus. They have been instructed that they will have to pick up their cross. We as the reader/disciples do not get a pass on the cross journey either.
Our study reminds us that we must have total dependance on God for our lives. Through prayer and faithful trusting we follow the One who not only leads the way but also is the Way. May Christ be fully formed in each of us this season. May we each be reminded the love that God gave us in Jesus Christ. May we be agents of this love and mercy to each person we come in contact with.
It might seem strange to talk about scandalous events of Jerusalem in the season we celebrate the miraculous events of Bethlehem, but this is where each of the Gospels move.
The good news that a savior is born is the same good news that a savior died for sin and that same good news is that savior Jesus raised back to life!
By way of analogy: Maybe some kids will get presents this year that they didn’t deserve…
In Christ we sure did!