The Burden of Guilt
WELCOME to this hour of Lenten meditation in the shadow of the cross of Jesus. The rugged cross behind the lectern is made from the trunk of one of the Christmas trees that adorned our chancel during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The connection between Jesus’ birth and His death reminds us that Jesus is “the Firstborn from among the dead” (Colossians 1:18). The cross stands between His birth and His resurrection – and the same holds true for us.
Our mid-week Lenten sermon series this year is “Guilt by Association,” based on the Passion narrative in Saint Luke’s Gospel. This week we consider how Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane portray the burden of guilt that He bore for us.