Just as we set aside time to spiritually prepare for Christmas Day, it makes sense to set aside time to prepare for the two very important days of the Christian year – Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We call this time the season of “Lent”. Lent is often seen as an intensely penitential time as we examine our sinful natures and return to the God we have, through our own rebelliousness, hurt time and again. Lent is also an opportunity to contemplate what our Lord really did for us on the Cross – and it wasn’t pretty. The Lenten season developed as part of the historical Christian calendar and is typically celebrated by Catholics and some mainline Protestant churches. Evangelical Churches generally do not follow the days of Lent, or give Lent a lot of focus – but the purpose behind remembering Lent is significant and worth taking some note of.
In the Lenten Season for 2018 we are going to use the Gospel of Luke to help us in the lead up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We will especially consider how King Jesus is central to Lent and, more importantly, central to enabling our broken relationship with God to be restored.
Part 1 - Our King Jesus Weeping At The Parade
Jesus, in fulfilment of Zechariah 9:9-10. rides into Jerusalem and a massive parade starts. It would seem that Jesus should be happy. The people are joyful and God is being praised. Yet in the middle of His parade Jesus weeps.
Things are not as they seem and this message focuses on what is really taking place.