NOTE: The Colossians reading is not part of the lectionary readings for this Sunday but the Gospel reading is.
2nd Sunday In Lent
· Colossae was a thriving city with a productive wool and textile industry. It had a large Jewish population. Most of the Christians were non-Jewish.
· This is one of four letters the Apostle Paul wrote from prison.
· Would you rather live in a town that behaved like verses 5-9 or 12-17? For some people, they might answer verses 5-9 but its verses 12-17 which provide an authentic community. It also takes much more work to be a community of verses 12-17.
· The key to living according to verses 12-17 is by keeping our focus on King Jesus which Paul does in this letter. That’s why this section concludes by talking about the importance of worshipping Jesus who is our king.
· Before this passage, someone asks Jesus, “Who can be saved.” Jesus answers by saying that it’s the person who has a relationship with him (who eats with him.)
· According to Jesus, Herod Antipas who controls the region of Galilee is a politically motivated fox. (Herod the Great had died soon after Jesus was born.)
· Jesus is on a mission of salvation and it will not be Herod who will cut the mission short. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem.
· Jesus hints at Palm Sunday when his mission will begin to be fulfilled with an arrest, a crucifixion, and a resurrection!