Does God make deals with us? God does make a deal with us that changes everything for all of us. It is called "The New Covenant." And the deal is better than we could have imagined. It releases us from guilt and shame both now and in the future...and even more! Listen to this word of encouragement on our last Sunday of our series "Wild."
31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
In this week's sermon we explore the unconditional grace of God's love and how the cross is a symbol of love for everyone. We also examine how the bronze snake Moses lifted up on a pole foreshadows Jesus being lifted to the cross for us.
March 8, 2015
Jesus with a whip, tipping over tables in the Temple? Not the image of Jesus you find in Children's Bible Books for sure! Why would Jesus do this? In actuality, it was a prophetic act of justice and compassion. It has shades of Ferguson and the Civil Rights Movement. Jesus is signaling a BIG change. Change is almost never easy and sometimes downright very hard to deal with. What helps us in these times that are a changin' in our world, society, church and personal lives? Listen for good news and hope in the midst of important changes and hard-to-handle changes.
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables.
15 So he made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
16 To those who sold the doves he said, "Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father's house a marketplace!"
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will devour me."
18 So then the Jewish leaders responded, "What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?"
19 Jesus replied, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again."
20 Then the Jewish leaders said to him, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and are you going to raise it up in three days?"
21 But Jesus was speaking about the temple of his body.
22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the saying that Jesus had spoken.
Have you ever come to a crossroads in life? How do you know which way to go? What does it mean to pick up your cross and follow Jesus? Find the answers to these questions and more in this weeks sermon by Pastor Ron McClung, Part 2 of the "Wild" Sermon Series.