The Walk, Pt 6: Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 ShenUMC 9am

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Apr. 10, 2022

The Walk

“The Five Practices from the Cross”

John 19:17-24, 28-30

1.  Introduction:

     a.  Worship and Prayer-pray 5 times a day

     b.  Study-read 5 verses a day

     c.  Serve-do 5 acts of kindness a week

     d.  Give-do 5 acts of generosity a month

     e.  Share-Invite 5 people to worship between now and the end of the year

          > These essential practices correspond directly to the United Methodist expectations in our membership vows to participate in the church’s ministries through our “prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.”

2.  The Five Practices from the Cross:

     a.  Crucifixion was a terribly brutal way to die. Those who were crucified died a slow and painful death, sometimes taking a day or two to die.

     b.  The first essential practice is worship and prayer. Three of the last seven statements Jesus makes before his death are prayers. 

          - Although Jesus felt abandoned by God, he still prayed. 

          - The Book of Psalms were more than just prayers. They were actually Jewish hymns. 

          - It's one of the oldest hymn books that there ever was, and Psalm 22 was one of the most famous. 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest…Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.  Psalm 22:1-2, 30-31

     c.  The second essential practice was listening for God and the study of Scripture. As he hung on the cross Jesus prayed Psalm 31:5, “Into your hand I commit my spirit.”

          - On the cross, Jesus was able to draw upon what he studied in Scripture.

     d.  Third essential practice is serving God. We see the servant heart of Jesus when he said first to his mother Mary and then to his “beloved disciple” John, “Woman, here is your son,” and “Here is your mother.”

     e.  The fourth essential practice is generosity and giving. Jesus’ statement, “I thirst,” is a statement with deep meaning. The One who gives living water is himself now thirsty on the cross. Jesus has now poured himself out for the world as he hangs dying on the cross.

     f.  The fifth and last essential practice is sharing and witnessing to the Gospel. Jesus was drawing us to himself when he said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” If we are to walk with Jesus, we must find or cultivate within us this same desire to draw others to Christ, both by our deeds and by our words.

3.  Conclusion

     a.  “Tetelestai” in Greek means “It is finished.” When Jesus says this, he is signaling victory. 

     b.  Jesus accomplished what he came to do. He fulfilled his purpose.   What’s yours? ____________________________________________

    c.  Jesus' worst day would not be his last day…and neither is YOURS!