“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” — Luke 9:51 (NRSV)
People can be motivated by a variety of things. Some are motivated by the financial, personal, or social gains of success. For others, apprehension about failing fuels their success – and for many of these it is the fear of shame associated with the failure that is their motivation. We are all motivated by something, and the most motivated among us are often called “driven.”
One may be justice driven, mercy driven, money driven, or fame driven. One can be courage driven or fear driven. Driven by praise, or by disappointment.
During this season of Lent, our worship series will focus on Jesus’ resolve to go to Jerusalem, and on his encounters with several people while on his way. Jesus “setting his face to go to Jerusalem” demonstrates that he is fully devoted to God’s will, and that all other commitments and considerations are secondary to completing this journey that ultimately leads to the Cross. You could rightly say that while he journeys from the Mount of Transfiguration to Mount Calvary, Jesus is driven by the nails of the Cross. He is “Nail Driven,” and nothing will deter him from his mission of reconciliation.
Along the way, Jesus encounters religious leaders, social outcasts, friends who support him, and enemies who oppose him. All these are transformed by their encounters with this one who is nail driven to complete his journey to the Cross.
During Lent, we will be encountered by Christ through the stories of the people he meets on the way. We’ll see Jesus face temptation in the wilderness; hear him describe new life to one searching for faith; offer living water to one thirsting for a relationship; and demonstrate that not even death can separate us from the love of God.
Mark your calendars! Rev. Mark Winter of One Man Show Ministries will be with us on March 26, 2017, as part of a special Lenten worship event entitled “Sea Change.” The service will include a series of scripture readings, special music, and dramatic vignettes from the fisherman Peter.
Make plans to join us during this season as we follow Jesus on his Nail Driven journey.