Lent: Turning to the Cross

A great reflection for Lent by Michael Pahl: Turning to the Cross

Morden Mennonite Church

In Luke’s Gospel, there is a moment where the whole story of Jesus turns.

Jesus has been teaching and healing throughout Galilee, every word and action laden with the good news of God’s upside-down kingdom. He has cornered the disciples on that most urgent of questions, “Who do you say that I am?” and Peter has rightly confessed, “God’s Messiah,” the king in David’s line who brings in God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus has duly warned his disciples of the cost of following him—self-denying, cross-bearing, the loss of their very lives, daily—and he has dazzled his closest followers with a vision of his true Messianic glory.

Rembrandt Christ on the CrossAnd then we hear this, the turning point in Luke’s story of Jesus: “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).

He set his face to go to Jerusalem. He turned…

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