Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter’s pow’r;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with him one bitter hour;
Turn not from his grief away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray…
Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb
There adoring at his feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete:
“It is finished!” Hear the cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
-James Montgomery, from “Go to Dark Gethsemane”
Unlike other memoirs and biographies of history’s great women and men, the accounts of Jesus’ life in the Bible give central, slow-motion attention to Jesus’ last week of life and his eventual suffering and death. This is no accident: from its earliest days, the Christian movement has dared to claim that the death of Jesus has somehow irreversibly transformed the whole world, that, as one Christian leader put it, “the cross of Christ is the hinge of history.” So, whether you’re only beginning to explore Christianity, or you’re a lifelong follower of Jesus, join us as we journey with Jesus to the cross in the Gospel of Matthew!
Out of town last weekend? Want to listen in online? Click here (hyperlink for podcast) to download sermons from this series.
Liberti Lent & Easter prayerbook- This e-book resource we’ve created for the Lent season follows an easy-to-use order of daily prayer and Scripture reading; the readings will follow the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, and are a perfect companion for our Journey to the Cross series.
Word in the Wilderness- Malcolm Guite. Poet Malcolm Guite collects a poem a day from the beginning of Lent through Easter, to slow you down and open you up to savor and wonder at Jesus crucified and risen.
In worship and in our e-prayerbook, we’re featuring a series of lithographs by German artist Otto Dix. He was a significant 20th-century painter and printmaker, and the work we’re featuring comes from a masterful collection of 33 lithographs he created of the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew entitled Matthaus Evangelium. The images he created of the suffering and death of Christ are spare, raw, beautiful; let them be your companions as you journey with Jesus to the cross and to the empty tomb.