From the Pastor’s Study –
Looking back on Holy Week, I can see theme that emerged for me; a new recognition of Jesus’ living out his own teaching.
My Passion Sunday sermon touched on how he wrestled in Gethsemane with his Father’s will. While Jesus dreaded the coming sufferings, he did settle on “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). In this he held true to the prayer he taught us all to pray; ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
At the Good Friday service Pastor Dilip Abayasekara spoke on Jesus’ words from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Again, as Pastor Dilip pointed out, Jesus was holding true to his own teaching “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
A simple observation, yes; but I was profoundly impressed by Jesus’ living out his teaching in these difficult moments. Jesus is our Savior, yes; but he also left us an example for living; “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
– Pastor Ron Troup
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