June 4, 2023

A song we sing at Grace about the redeeming work of Jesus begins like this.

See Him in Jerusalem
Walking where the crowds are
Once these streets had sung to Him
Now they cry for murder

Such a frail and lonely man
Holding up the heavy cross
See Him walking in Jerusalem
On the road to save us

This is where we will also begin this Sunday as we come to our fifth and final reading service in the Gospel of Luke. As early as chapter 9, we’ve known that Jesus has had his face set toward Jerusalem where he will endure extraordinary suffering and shame on the road to save us. In preparation to listen again to these events so familiar to so many of us, let’s remember that they are a powerful picture of the love of God that surpasses all understanding.

Every time we read of what Jesus has done to save us, our minds should not only be blown by the magnitude of God’s love for us, but when that love began. It didn’t start after we’d begun to make ourselves loveable.

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

That he did all of this for us while we were still enemies is highlighted as we see his own people rejecting and condemning him, his own friends betraying, denying, and abandoning him. On the road to save us.

Our final reading will cover Luke 19:45 to the end of the book. Perhaps you might read through it before Sunday in anticipation of hearing it dramatically read for us this Sunday. And take five minutes to sing along with the song of the week linked below giving thanks for the love of God poured out for you.

And ask the Lord to help us carry out this calling from Jesus in John 15:9: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”

See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!


Man of Sorrows recording by Shane and Shane

Oh that rugged cross my salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out hallelujah
Praise and honor unto Thee