The Apostle Paul paints a picture in Philippians 2 that is both deeply comforting and unsettling. Paul writes that Jesus lowered himself from heaven and became a human. By doing this, Jesus emptied himself of his glory and took on all that makes us human: limited and needy people looking for God in the midst of life's most difficult circumstances.
In this season of Lent we'll consider all the ways we relate to the humanity of Jesus, and how we can find comfort in his and our limitations. Join us over the next six weeks as we walk with Jesus on the way to the cross.
The Hunger of Jesus
As we begin both the Lenten season and a new sermon series called "The Humanity of Jesus," we encounter a familiar but strange passage about Jesus's meeting with the devil in the wilderness. As we examine the ways in which Jesus operates, we discover some important fundamental realities about our humanity, and an important way we miss out on living fully as humans. Listen in to find out how you can experience God in deeper ways this Lent. (Download the 4x10 calendar here.)
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Everyone needs a good friend even... Jesus? As we continue our series on the humanity of Jesus we stop to consider the fact that the one whom we call God, LORD, Christ and Savior also needed friends and was a friend to those around him. Listen in as we consider the implications of this reality on our relationships with God and others.
The Compassion of Jesus
True compassion takes us to truly painful places. This week we look at an amazing story that highlights the true compassion of Jesus and his willingness to enter into the pain. There's a lot of encouragement for us in this story, but there are also important lessons for us to learn about what it means to be truly compassionate people.
A Poor Jesus
Never before in history has the modern church been more out of touch with the simple fact that Jesus was a poor man. We live as the most privileged people in the most privileged country in the history of the world. So what do we do with that? And what can the poverty of Jesus teach us? Listen in as we explore this and more.
Don't Get Mad, Get Angry
Pop psychology, religious leaders, and books have told us that being angry will only lead to bitterness and death. Jesus believed being angry would lead you to passion and life. Listen in as we try to reconcile these different understandings and watch Jesus as he models what healthy anger looks like and how it can bring change.
A Lamenting King
In this passage we encounter a publicly lamenting Jesus. When we really consider the scene, it makes us uncomfortable. Isn't an important public (even royal!) figure supposed to "maintain his composure"? To "keep it together"? But what if Jesus and other ancient Hebrew people have some important to teach us about what it means to be human? Something that we as modern people might be missing out on?
Et tu, Brute?
One of the most infamous stories in the Bible is Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss. Deceit and betrayal from those we love and trust are themes throughout literature, because it's one of the most basic human experiences. Join us as we look at how Jesus responds to this, and the hope he can give us.
The Greatest Blues Line
We all know what its like to feel lonely. We know that it can sometimes feel akin to doubt. Doubt in ourselves, in others and in God. Jesus in his full humanity has felt that too. As he hung on the cross and cried out to his Father asking why he had "been forsaken" he understood both loneliness and doubt. Join us as we ponder the power of this moment on Good Friday.