Calvary FMC Newsletter

Published 3/15/18

Hello Calvary FMC Family!

The last few weeks in our Sunday morning worship service we have been looking at the human motivations for why the religious leaders among the Jews sought to have Jesus put to death.

In the story of the raising of Lazarus, we saw that this great miracle had made Jesus very popular with the people and these leaders were in fear of losing their place. Rome might get wind of Jesus and think that he was a zealot come to wrest power from Roman control. This might lead to a Roman legion coming to put the nation back in its place. Such a thing does happen nearly 40 years later but the leaders’ fear of Jesus pushed them to plot against him and destroy him.

In the story of the cleansing of the Temple, we saw that Jesus’ interference in the conducting of business within the courts again roused the Jews to opposition. Jesus called for the Gentile courtyard to be a place of prayer and not a robbers’ den.

In the parable of the vineyard taken from Isaiah 5 but with the focus on the tenants in Mark 12, we see Jesus attacking Jewish leadership for their abusive treatment, even murder, of the prophets. We see God’s longsuffering and his willingness to even send his Son to meet with these vine-growers. The murder of the Son himself by these tenants and their attempt to steal the vineyard for themselves leads to the wrath of the landowner being poured out upon his wicked servants. When the Jewish leadership recognizes that Jesus is speaking of them, they again plot to take him and put him to death.

When Jesus rides into Jerusalem on what we have come to call Palm Sunday, like an Old Testament king coming to his coronation, it is the final straw for these leaders. But it is a longing for peace and not the overthrow of Rome that Jesus desires for Jerusalem and their failure to recognize this Prince of Peace will lead to Jerusalem’s eventual destruction.

But while all these stories drive the human opposition to Jesus, it is not their plotting and scheming which takes Jesus to the cross. It is rather all part of the divine plan to redeem lost humanity. Even the prophetic words of Caiaphas that one must die for the nation rather than the nation perish are provided by the Divine Orchestrator.

We ourselves may decide to choose against Christ and endeavor to have our own way like those who opposed Jesus in the New Testament. How much better to choose him and find the peace that he longed for the people of Jerusalem to enjoy! Won’t you embrace him as your Savior this Easter season? He can orchestrate our lives far better than we can.

Come join us for Easter activities, the regular activities listed below as well as many other exciting events at CFMC.

  • Adult Sunday school each Sunday @ 9:00 in the Living Room followed by fellowship time @ 10:00
  • Sunday worship @ 10:30
  • Study & Prayer–Wednesday nights @ 6:30
    • If you haven’t joined us in the past, or if you haven’t been with us in a while, I encourage you to join us! Wednesday’s are always a great time of inter-generational discipleship. Right now we are looking at many of the disciplines of the Christian life, things like meditation, prayer, fasting, and Bible study.
  • Community Potluck–3rd Sunday of each month, following the service.
  • Serving Meals at the Hope Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5:00

Blessing on your week,

Pastor Brian