Updated: 03/03/2014 12:04 PM
A Message from Our Pastor
The Crucified King: 2014 Lenten Series
In the beginning of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, the Magi come to Jerusalem asking, “Where is He born king of the Jews?” They ask because it wasn’t obvious. The true King of the Jews did not have the reputation of a David or the splendor of a Solomon. So God helped them. He saw to it that His Word was proclaimed to them, and saw to it that they had a star to guide them to Bethlehem. And there He was—the King of kings where human reason would never expect Him—in a humble home, in a humble town, served by His humble mother.
It wasn’t easy finding God’s King at the beginning of His earthly life, but it would be even more difficult at the end of His earthly life. Who would ever expect God’s King to be betrayed, denied, accused, mocked, and crucified? Who would ever look for the King on the throne of a cross on a hill of disgrace? Who would ever look for God’s glory in a Crucified King?
“Where is the King of the Jews?” So that we don’t miss Him, and miss all His benefits, the Passion according to Saint Matthew makes clear the identity of this King and what He has come to do. He presents to us Jesus, the King of Glory, whose splendor is shown in His mercy and self-giving love for sinners. “Where is the King of the Jews?” Where man would never expect Him to be—on the cross bearing away our sins, and rising victorious over them in the resurrection.
Ash Wednesday: Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 “The King’s Wisdom”
Midweek of Lent 1: Matthew 26:47–56 “The King Betrayed”
Midweek of Lent 2: Matthew 26:69–75 “The King Denied”
Midweek of Lent 3: Matthew 27:11–26 “The King Condemned”
Midweek of Lent 4 Matthew 27:27–31 “The King Mocked”
Midweek of Lent 5: Matthew 27:35–44 “The King on the Cross”
Holy Thursday: Matthew 26:17–30 “The King’s Feast”
Good Friday: Matthew 27:45–50 “The King Forsaken”
Easter Sunrise: Mark 16:1–8 “The King’s Empty Tomb”
Easter: Matthew 28:1–30 “The King Raised”
Please join us as we hear more about The Crucified King.