Lenten Sunday School
Location Change Now at The Whitefield Center
Sundays, 9:15 AM, at The Whitefield Center & Via Zoom, Starting February 21st
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What does the cross accomplish?
There are three glorious miracles of the life of Christ, two obvious and one hidden. First, in the Incarnation God becomes human, ‘Immensity cloistered’ in the virgin’s womb. Third, in the Resurrection the pierced heart of God begins to beat again, grave-cloths left as a healing ‘handkerchief’ for our short-lived grief. These two overt miracles of life astonish and confound us. The brilliance of heaven breaks into this world, and we are caught up in worship.
But the second miracle, which joins these two miracles of life, is different. It does not look glorious, or wonderful. It does not look miraculous at all. Instead of victory, it looks like defeat; instead of success, like utter failure. It is a miracle not of life but of death. This second miracle is the Crucifixion, the execution of the Son of God. And while its power is hidden in darkness and horror, the Christian church has from her beginning recognized the cross to be of equal wonder to Christ’s birth and resurrection, and all the more wondrous for its hiddenness. What Christ accomplishes on the cross is no less than the overturning of the cosmos, a conquering of sin and evil, the turning of all of history towards perfect restoration in love. It is to the many works accomplished in the Crucifixion that our Lenten study will turn.
During Lent, we will spend our Sunday School hour unpacking what the Scriptures teach us about the cross. What does it mean that the cross conquers sin, particularly if we still sin? What does it mean that the cross conquers death, if we still die? What does it mean for the Christian to “comprehend the things of God through suffering and the cross”? Join us as we wonder together at this second, hidden mystery: The Crucifixion.
“That person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looks upon the invisible things of God as though they were clearly perceptible in those things which have actually happened … He deserves to be called a theologian, however, who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.” – Martin Luther, “Heidelberg Disputation” (1518)