This Lenten Season (which begins on Ash Wednesday on March 6, and culminates on Easter Sunday), we will embark on a new journey focused on the PASSION of Jesus through His suffering, life, death, and resurrection. Our theme verse is from Isaiah 25:8a: “He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears.”
We will journey through this passion by primarily going through Matthew, chapters 26 and 27, covering such aspects as “The Lord’s Supper,” “Prayers in Gethsemane,” “Denial,” “Hopelessness,” “Choosing Murderers,” and “Mocking.”
Many people don’t care for Lent. It seems dark and depressing. It is a more somber time when we put a lot of emphasis on our sins, on Jesus’ suffering, and on repentance.
Certainly, those are not “happy” areas. But, they are necessary areas and, when sought and given time and focus, they can be areas of extreme growth in faith and closeness to God.
Personally, Lent is one of my favorite times of the year. It allows me to examine and separate more from myself, lay myself bare before the Lord in humility and contrition, and behold His immense love and mercy. It’s a time for me to explore the utter depth of my depravity and sin, but even more deep His love and grace for me. It allows me to experience the highest high of the resurrection because I’ve been to the lowest low of my sin and His sacrifice! It allows me to participate, as much as humanly possible, the full breath of the immense passion and love of Jesus!
How awesome is that?!
I encourage you to come and experience the PASSION and love of Jesus with us at LifeBridge. You will be blessed!
This sermon series begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. More information is here.