Monday, March 07, 2011

The Path: Walking with Jesus toward the Cross

Jesus lived thirty-three years.

He actively taught and ministered for three-and-a-half-years. The Gospels give account of His life, yet proportionately, a significant amount is dedicated to the events occurring during the last week, leading up to His piercing death upon the cross.  Over the next several weeks, we will be Walking with Jesus toward the Cross.  May His journey become our journey.

  • Ash Wednesday   The Upper Room
  • Week One            Gethsemane
  • Week Two            Before Pilate
  • Week Three         Embracing the Cross
  • Week Four           Nailed
  • Week Five            The Disciple’s Response 
  • Week Six             The Tomb and Beyond

The season of Lent is a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal, when Christians are invited to prepare themselves spiritually for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.  Lent is often portrayed as a journey.  It is a journey from one point in time (typically Ash Wednesday) to another point in time (Easter).  Its purpose is to take time to experience God.  “The Lenten journey,” writes Judy Bauer, “is also a process of spiritual growth and, as such, presumes movement from one state of being to another state.”

As a Christ-community, we are setting aside the next 40 days to pursue God in our daily lives. May we experience a greater sense of the Presence of Christ in our lives as we become more formed into His image. Each day, beginning Ash Wednesday, a devotional thought will be posted from The Path.

(note: Judy Bauer, Lent and Easter: Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen, viii.)

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