A Violent Hope: The Final Days of Jesus
There are no days that can be likened to the final days of Jesus. No collection of days combines so many dramatically contrasting realities in such a short period of time as the final days of Jesus. They are days that evoke a desire to look away and a longing to gaze and take all in. They are days that marry brutality with promise, revulsion with splendor and violence with hope.
This series looks at 5 events that take place between what we now call Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Five events that—although they are humbling, excruciating and violent—offer hope because of what they produce and realize for all who respond to them.
Easter SundaySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (19575KB)
Date: April 20 2012
Text: John 20
Good FridaySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (16555KB)
Date: April 18 2014
This Good Friday both of Westside's campuses came together in a joint gathering at Westsides Vancouver Campus. This is the sermon audio from that event.
The Triumphal Entry: Matthew 21:1-11Speaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (21726KB)
Date: April 13 2014
Text: Matthew 21:1-11
On Palm Sunday we look at Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people were expecting a conquering king to lay waste to their enemies but they never expected the Messiah to accomplish that on such a grand scale. Which begs the question, how do we respond when Jesus doesn't submit to our plans for Him?
A New Commandment: John 13:31-35Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24158KB)
Date: April 6 2014
Text: John 13:31-35
Much takes place in the Upper Room scene with one of those being the introduction of a new commandment from Jesus to love one another. This message investigates what, in fact, makes this command - a command as old as the Old Testament itself - new.
Footwashing: John 13:1-17Speaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24452KB)
Date: Mar 30 2014
Text: John 13:1-17
Few events are more stunning and yet as misunderstood as the footwashing of Jesus. An event that serves as a display of Jesus' love, a symbol of His death and example for us to follow.