Going Deeper 3/16/2019

The Gospel reading for Lent 2...
Luke 13:31-35    At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you."  He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.  Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.'  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

We cannot imagine the heaviness of Jesus' heart during the final days leading up to His pending crucifixion.  Not only is He facing betrayal, desertion, mocking, spitting, false accusation, intense physical suffering in the form of one of the most inhumane modes of execution ever devised,  and being forsaken by His Abba Father, but Jesus' heart breaks over the rejection of His own people.  Jesus literally weeps over Jerusalem.

As we walk with Jesus during this season of Lent we do well to connect with His suffering.  It is easy to just let the story we have heard so very many times simply roll past us.  But when someone we love deeply hurts deeply, we hurt with them.  In an old hymn I sang many times growing up we proclaimed Jesus as our "Beautiful Savior."  To walk with Him through His suffering and death can help us to experience the beauty of His love and His grace at a much deeper level.

And as we journey with Jesus, may His Spirit inspire and empower us to be filled with a growing gratitude for His infinite love evidenced by His willingness to suffer and die... for us.

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."