Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Dear Faith Family,
This past Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday. As you know, that is the day we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem just a few days before his death. This was such a significant moment in the life of Christ. After all the people had seen him do and heard him say, he entered Jerusalem on a colt. They recognized right away that he was fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Jesus was letting them know he was their king! However, he did not come as king the way they anticipated. In fact, he was a disappointing king to them. Rather than befriending the Jewish religious establishment, he alienated them. Rather than overthrowing the Roman government, he was executed by them. What king acts this way? What kind of kingdom could possibly form?
Jesus came as a different kind of king. He promised salvation instead of political power. He ruled by love instead of domination. He led through suffering instead of coercion. Even though by the end of the week it did not appear his kingdom would last while he hung on a cross, we know that His would be an everlasting rule. Why? He rose. He conquered the ultimate enemy—death. Jesus is The King of Kings!
This week our study from
The Bible Project
will focus on “The Gospel of the Kingdom”. Below you will find the link to a short video and options for discussion. If you are a part of a Sunday School Class or Life Group, consider finding a way to connect online all together or in smaller groups or pairs. If you are not in a class or group, call a friend and see if they would be interested in joining you in a discussion of these themes. We will continue to send them out each week for you. It’s a simple process: Schedule a time to talk. Watch the video. Review the questions. Discuss the theme. Pray together.
Here is this week's “The Gospel of the Kingdom” video.