- Written by Rev. Dr. Stephen Herbert
The passages for the second week of Lent remind us of the upside-down nature of God's kingdom: the last are first, the first are last; what people reject is what God chooses; humility and gentleness are the marks of the true King; and the weak and the small are God's guests of honor. In order to appreciate the upside-down kingdom, we need to see the King for who He is, which is why we begin this week with the story of the Transfiguration.
Second Sunday of Lent March 1, 2015
Scripture: Luke 9:28-29
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to be people who pray and keep our focus on You, just as You were a person who prayed and kept Your eyes on Your Father. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Jesus went to the mountain to pray? Why did His clothes turn such a bright white?
Scripture: Luke 9:30-32 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story) Also, Moses and Elijah are mentioned in this story. If you need to refresh your memory, Moses' story is found in Exodus 2:20; Elijah's in 1 Kings 17-19.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes we are like the disciples. We forget You are with us. We forget to pray. We fall asleep. Wake us up when we forget You and remind us who You really are, that You are God. Amen.
Question: Why do you think the disciples were falling asleep while they prayed? What do you think it would look like to see Jesus' glory?
Scripture: Luke 9:33-35 (This is a continuation of yesterday's story)
Prayer: Jesus, You are God's beloved Son. Help us to listen to You and do as You ask us. Amen.
Question: Why do you think Peter wanted to build houses for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah? How do you think the disciples felt when they heard God's voice speaking from the cloud?
Scripture: Matthew 20:16 (preface this verse with "Jesus said...")
Prayer: Jesus, You are from the beginning, the Firstborn of all creation, and You became last for our sakes. Help us to be like you, seeking the good of others, putting them ahead of ourselves. Amen.
Question: What do you think Jesus means when he says the first shall be last? Can you think of a time when the first became last? What about when the last became first?
Scripture: Matthew 21:42
Prayer: Jesus, You are the stone the builders rejected. Help us to not be like those builders. Help us to listen to You and build our lives on You. Amen.
Question: Why would builders reject a stone? Why do you think people rejected Jesus? When do we reject Jesus, by choosing to do things that would not be pleasing to Him?
Scripture: Matthew 11:29-30 (preface this verse with "Jesus said...")
Prayer: Jesus, help us learn from You how to be gentle. Amen.
Question: What does it look like to be gentle? How have you been gentle today or this week?
Scripture: Mark 10:13-16
Prayer: Jesus, help us to know how much You love us and how much You enjoy being with us. We want to be with You, too, even though we sometimes forget. Amen.
Question: Why do you think the disciples told the people to stop bringing the children to Jesus? Why do you think Jesus wanted to be with the children?