Date: April 3, 2022

Bible Text: Philippians 3:3b-14, John 12:1-11 |


The season of Lent is a time of preparation for the feast of Easter that leads us with Jesus on the road to the cross. According to John's gospel, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead it caused such a sensation in Judea and Jerusalem that many people believed in him. The religious leaders got very uneasy about the possible political repercussions, so they decided to have Jesus arrested and planned to have him killed. Nevertheless, Jesus arrived in Bethany, a suburb of Jerusalem, in time for the Passover and stayed with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Our text today is about the unusual events at dinner there one evening that Jesus said were a preparation for his death and burial. As we have been examining the ways Jesus fulfilled the role of Christ, his death is of course the most central. What does it mean for us that he died, and what does it require of us?

We celebrate communion in the service this morning. If you would like to participate virtually, you will need some bread and grape juice or wine, or the closest things you have.

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