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During February and March, seven senior men will preach a series of chapel sermons at Central. Our preaching professor, Jason Poznich, will work together with them to develop the theme, “Lead Me to the Cross.” Each sermon will describe a different place Jesus visited during his final week of ministry, reminding us of specific ways that we can follow Christ to the cross.

One of the distinct features in Luke’s gospel is his clear focus on Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Reaching that city would symbolize His commitment to fulfill the Messianic prophecies given in the Old Testament. It also represents the truth that He would be rejected, killed, and ultimately resurrected in the sight of all Israel. But another value of His Jerusalem journey is to teach followers like us that we must also allow Christ to lead us to the cross.

At the height of his success following the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Luke 9), Jesus tells his disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day” (Luke 9:22). While they were still absorbing the news that their Teacher would be cruelly killed, Jesus made the truth even more personal in verse 23, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” At this point in the gospels, the demands on Jesus’ disciples grow greater and the crowds become smaller.

Many of us enjoy certain aspects of following Jesus. His companionship is comforting when we are alone. His teaching is clear in the midst of a confusing time. His provision is abundant to meet our needs. However, it is rarely enjoyable to follow Christ to the cross. Yet that is a daily decision we must be willing to make in order to be His true followers.

During the weeks leading up to Easter, we invite you to listen to our graduating students help us explore what it means to follow Christ to the cross. You can watch chapel services either live or on replay at cccb.edu/events/chapel. Perhaps you will be able to pray: “God, lead me to the cross, whatever that might mean for me.” Christ was willing to give everything, even his life on a cross. May we be willing to do the same.


 

poznich-08292014-webJason Poznich teaches Bible and preaching on the faculty of Central Christian College of the Bible. He is teaching Life of Christ III this semester after first team-teaching it last year with Professor Emeritus Gareth Reese. Jason is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, Ozark Christian College, and Lincoln Christian Seminary. Jason and his wife Kayla have a daughter named Zoe. Jason is currently pursuing a doctorate in preaching from Talbot School of Theology in Southern California. Jason’s email address is jasonpoznich@cccb.edu.

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