We are now in the church season of Lent, a forty day time period, mirroring the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the commencement of his public ministry. Lent is traditionally a time of reflection in preparation for Holy Week, the last week of Jesus’ life, leading to his crucifixion. Over the next six Sundays our church will embark on a ‘Journey to the Cross’ walking with Jesus beginning with his baptism by John and his time of testing in the wilderness, through to his triumphant entry in Jerusalem on the day known and celebrated as Palm Sunday.
Obviously, in just six Sundays it’s going to be a short journey, just scratching the surface of Jesus’ actions and encounters, but hopefully it will give us a taste of what his ministry entailed. We’ll reflect on Jesus’ prediction of his death and his command to us to ‘take up our cross’ in ‘Cross Purposes’. We’ll consider the implications of his cleansing of the Temple in ‘A Little House Cleaning’. Next we’ll reflect on his conversation with Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, a Pharisee, who came under the cover of darkness to question Jesus in a message titled ‘Of Poles and Serpents’. In the fifth week in a message titled ‘Oh Sinner Man’, we consider Jesus’ words, ”the hour has come” as he openly speaks to crowds who gathered to hear him. Finally, we take a deeper look at the humble, servant heart of Jesus as he enters Jerusalem riding a donkey, in a message titled, ‘A Ministry of Donkey Fetching’.
Lent is traditionally a time to consider giving up something, but perhaps it is more beneficial to take up something. Why not take up intentionally reflecting on Jesus’ life and his teaching in preparation of the celebration of his death and resurrection. If you are local, you’re warmly invited to join us.