Readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent
Luke 20:9-20; Philippians 3:8-14; Isaiah 43:16-21
“NEW!” My, how that word excites us.
The folks in marketing know very well how powerfully that word works on our brains. We may long for that new car, new tool, or new hairdo. But even as we pursue the new, we also know how quickly the new thing loses its lustre and becomes “same ole, same ole”. Only God can deliver on the promise of something new that never gets old.
God declares that He is doing “a new thing” for His people, a event greater than anything they’ve ever experienced before. It will arrive like water to a parched desert, a stunning victory that gives lasting peace and protection to all who behold it (Is 43).
The apostle Paul lets go of his old way of measuring his worth in order to embrace the new righteousness that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Here is a real and lasting righteousness that can save him from death (Phil 3).
Jesus warns the scribes and chief priests with the parable of the wicked tenants. This parable describes their rejection of God’s Son as well as the impending judgment on all who would usurp God’s authority (Luke 20).