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The Promises of Lent & Holy Week

 

We have traveled the Lenten journey with Jesus retracing our spiritual steps these past weeks.

Now, we are going to retrace his steps, making sure we are in sync with him.

Looking up into the night sky on Saturday evening, the moon was full; a symbol of endings, a time to put the past behind us, and allow the Light of Truth to be revealed.

We have traveled the Lenten journey thus far and now find ourselves in Jerusalem for the week.

The streets are dusty and filled with many pilgrims on the path. There is a great deal of anticipation and excitement.

In the midst of it all, Jesus has a special message for us: Pick up your cross, follow me and don’t put it down. The road may be long but I am with you, always.”

Shortcomings

Our Lenten journey has come to an end, which included a time of reflection, introspection, reconciliation and forgiveness with all those who have crossed our path on this highway called life.
Tonight, many Christians throughout the world will gather around a table to commemorate Jesus’ “Last Supper.”
On this blessed, Holy Thursday; “May we who gather around this table, be completely washed clean from our own shortcomings.”
May we treat one another with the same love and tolerance that Jesus had for His family and friends, who gathered with Him for the Passover meal in the upper room!

Lent – The Deep Things of God, Why Suffer?

Many times in the life of the seeker, or the helper we too suffer.
It gives us great comfort to know that our beloved Jesus walked this journey before us, and he understands our personal setbacks and challenges in life.
In Matthew Chapter 16, “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things.
In his despair, did Jesus wonder when people would get his message?
Jesus predicted his own death three times and each time he was grieved. Why was no getting it?
Also, Jesus was not afraid to show his feelings.
In the Book of John, Chapter 11 it says,
“When Jesus saw her Mary, Lazarus’ sister weeping, and the others, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.
Jesus asked, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see”. As Jesus approached the tomb it says, “Jesus wept”.
Don’t think these incidents did not grieve Jesus, they did.
Jesus experienced condemnation and began carrying His Cross long before the physical experience happened in his life, because of the people he encountered along the way. Jesus grieved in his experience.
Not only was he prepared to embrace his own suffering, but he felt ours as well.