Why did he keep moving toward the cross? Was it an accident that Jesus was crucified? The tragedy of the century? Surely, he should have known this was coming. Surely, he could have avoided the pain, the suffering, the death. But that’s the point, Jesus knew all along he was going to die. That was the eternal plan of the Father, that the holy Son of God would suffer and die for a world of sinners. However, Jesus also knew that death would not be the end. The payment for sin would be accepted and he would rise to life again and defeat death itself, for us. Join Jesus this Lenten season as he relentlessly walks toward the cross, because he knew he was going to die.
The Gospel lessons for Lent in Year B are all connected by this one fascinating revelation – Jesus knew all along that he was going to die, and that impacted everything he did, for our salvation. At Good Shepherd in Cedar Rapids, we’ll follow this theme throughout the Sundays of Lent.
Because He Knew He Was Going to Die
Because He Knew He Was Going to Rise
Lent 1 Mark 1:12-15 He preached the good news of the kingdom
Lent 2 Mark 8:31-38 He prepared his disciples for the cross
Lent 3 John 2:13-21 He put his house in order
Lent 4 John 3:14-21 He promised salvation through faith
Lent 5 John 12:20-33 He drew all people to himself
Palm Sunday Mark 11:1-10 He rode into Jerusalem
Maundy Thursday Mark 14:12-26 He gave us his body and blood
Good Friday Mark 15:33-39 He suffered Hell for you
Easter Mark 16:1-8 He silenced all our fears
You can order the coordinating artwork for the "Because He Knew" series in the shop. (coming soon)
- Transfiguration Sunday expansion pack for the Because He Knew Series
- Because He Knew Series for Sundays in Lent
- Holy Week expansion pack for the Because He Knew Series
During the midweek Lenten services we will be studying the Book of Hebrews using the series from Northwestern Publishing House "Jesus is Our Great High Priest" with this coordinating "Blood of the Lamb" artwork.