Our Lenten theme, DEATH TO LIFE: Stories of Death and Resurrection in the Scriptures, reflected the truth of the Scriptures and the character of our God. We learned that even in the face of human rebellion and the consequences of human sin, our God is a God of life. In the face of sin, he offers forgiveness. In the face of despair, he creates hope. In the face of violence and mean-spirited agendas, he offers transformation. Each of the stories could stand on their own; instead, they are pointing us to the crux of the biblical narrative.
On Sunday, the drama began to unfold. Our procession and waving palms, sets our face to Jerusalem. With heart and mind, we look to the Upper Room and the Last Supper. We view the lament of Gethsemane and the cross of Calvary. By the suffering, agony, and death of Jesus, we see that his death has brought us life. And that by his resurrection, our death will be changed into his life forever.
Consider this your invitation to the services of God’s House this week, as we hear, sing, and reflect on the story of salvation for us!
Blessings during this Holy Week!
P.S. On a more personal note, many of you heard my voice break yesterday as we prayed for the dying and grieving. Certainly, our list has grown substantially in the last month. However, on Friday, we received word that my cousin’s wife unexpectedly died at the age of 35; leaving my cousin, Tim, and three children. We covet your prayers, but even as we are filled with sorrow, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.