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A Message from Pastor Rodney:
March 1, 2014
As we turn to the season of Lent, a 40 day journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross, our focus will turn to the gospel. For the six Sundays of Lent, we will study together six portraits of Jesus offered to us from the gospels of Mark and John. These portraits will highlight six different aspects or revelations of Jesus. We believe that in Jesus, God reveals what it means to be truly and fully human, so we believe that these portraits reveal different aspects of our lives before God. As we learn who Jesus is in this walk to the cross, we discover who we are called to be in our lives.
Our second portrait comes with Jesus’ proclamation, “I will suffer, be rejected, killed, and then rise again.” The heart of the portrait is Jesus’ willingness to enter the darkest places, the hardest places for you and me. Jesus will go to the places we want to avoid. What does it mean that Jesus suffers? What do we learn from Jesus’ suffering? We’ll think about many possibilities, but there’s one thought I’ll give you to tempt your reflection. You do not know how much you value something or someone until you suffer for it or them. I would die for my wife and children. I could care less about my car. Suffering has a way of crystalizing the priorities of our heart. If you are interested in learning more about Jesus and suffering, join us this week. We worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. Parkside is the place where you belong!