Matthew 26:36-56, The Garden of Gethsemane

Justification

[February 26, 2012] The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday. We follow the skeleton of the traditional church calendar to maintain some continuity with the practice of other Christians past and present and use it as a way of organizing our meditation on the Gospel. However, because we are a Biblical . . . → Read More: Matthew 26:36-56, The Garden of Gethsemane

John 18:1-18, Jesus Hands Himself Over

Lent

[March 13, 2011] During the season of Lent we will accompany Jesus in His passion, from His arrest to His grave, as this is told in the Gospel according to John. This is a singular failing of the Sunday Lectionaries in that they squeeze all of this—which makes up a significant portion . . . → Read More: John 18:1-18, Jesus Hands Himself Over

Mark 14:26-42, The Great Obedience

[November 21, 2010] Today is the celebration of “Christ the Victor,” the last Sunday of the church year. It is the Sunday I will be finishing my messages on the Gospel according to Mark. We spoke on the remainder of the gospel during Lent and Easter.

As Adam committed the act . . . → Read More: Mark 14:26-42, The Great Obedience

Mark 14:43-52, Jesus is Abandoned by His Disciples

[February 21, 2010] During the first five Sundays of Lent we will give our attention to the cross of Christ in proportion to the text of the gospel that we are considering—in this case, Mark’s—instead of following the practice of the Revised Common Lectionary of reserving the reading of the entire passion story . . . → Read More: Mark 14:43-52, Jesus is Abandoned by His Disciples

Luke 22:47-71, Jesus Betrayed, Misunderstood and Denied, Yet Faithful

[March 8, 2009] Last Sunday we read how Jesus, after sharing the Passover Seder with His disciples, went with them to an olive grove on the hill across the valley from the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, to pray as was His practice. There He made His ultimate submission to the Father’s will.

Betrayed . . . → Read More: Luke 22:47-71, Jesus Betrayed, Misunderstood and Denied, Yet Faithful

Matthew 26:36-56, Christ’s Passion for Us

[February 10, 2008] This Lent we will focus, as we rarely have occasion, on Matthew’s account of the cross of Christ, beginning after the Last Supper. The cross is the center of the Christian faith, apart from which we do not know Christ. To know the ethical Christ of His sermons is not . . . → Read More: Matthew 26:36-56, Christ’s Passion for Us