Hello! Today church was at the Franklin’s, Simeon read the kids story and also preached the sermon.
The story – this week we read about Mary and Joseph taking newborn baby Jesus to the temple.
For the sermon we read Mark 15:15-47 (end of chapter)
Some things we talked about:
- The many ironies in the story: Jesus’ crown, title, and royal robe
- The meaning of crucifixion – torture, shame, spectacle.
- The cross changed form a symbol of death to life
Today services weres at the Franklin’s and Simeon preached the sermon.
For the children’s story we read about Mary and Joseph completing their journey to Bethlehem, and finding the inn full. The innkeeper offered them lodgings in his stables instead and baby Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger.
We picked back up in Mark for the sermon and Jude, Gideon, and Eliza took turns reading Mark 14:53-72 and Mark 15:31-15.
This passage covered the two trials of Jesus that Mark tells us about. We discussed
- Peter denies knowing Jesus three times before the rooster crows twice, just like Jesus predicted.
- Jesus is put on trial but he’s not really saying anything. We read from Isaiah 53 about the silent lamb..
- When the witnesses don’t agree with one another Jesus implicates himself – the time for secrecy about his identity is over.
- Pilate knows Jesus isn’t guilty and tries to release him – asking the crowd whether Jesus or Barabbas should be released. The crowd wants Barabbas freed.
At the end we talked about how the story is one of wrongdoing by the courts, the leaders, even the mob as an innocent man is condemned to death.. And yet despite all the corruption and failure Jesus turns out to be the most significant fact that is related… There is something encouraging in that for us today…
Thank you for reading! 🙂
Hello! Today we met at the Wolfe’s.
The children’s story was about the Israelite’s after they had conquered Jericho. The King of Jerusalem was plotting to attack the Israelite’s allies. The Israelites were winning the battle but it was getting dark and they needed more light so Joshua prayed and asked the Lord to stop the sun and the moon where they were and he did and the battle was won!
We read Psalm 41 and also Mark 14 – the theme of the first half of the chapter in Mark and of the Psalm is betrayal – Jesus’ betrayal and abandonment by his disciples. We talked about Lent and Jesus suffering by being abandoned by everyone, even God on the cross and Jesus’ prayer “not my will but yours be done”.