Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in the flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer; He makes our sorrowing spirit sing. "Beautiful Savior" author unknown
It’s called “the Passion of the Christ” but why? Today we associate the word “passion” with deep love and devotion. We certainly see the deep love and devotion that Christ has for us in the season of Lent. But, there is more to it than that. The English word “passion” comes from a Latin word that means “to suffer.” That is what the season of Lent is all about – suffering. Lent focuses our attention on how and what Christ suffered for us, in our place. It reminds us how he suffered death and hell on the cross, separation from his Father’s love, so that we can bask in that love for all eternity. Yes, Christ’s suffering demonstrates his deep love and devotion to us. But, it doesn’t seem to demonstrate Christ’s power.
Those who suffer do not seem very powerful. They seem fragile and frail…weak and worn out. The same is true of Christ during his Passion as he is betrayed and abandoned by friends, condemned by his enemies, and suffers agonies both physical and spiritual. Yet, we will see that in Christ’s Passion is his power, because through his suffering and death he accomplished the greatest victory in the history of the world. He defeated sin, death, and the devil for you and me.
This year for our midweek Lenten devotional services we want to see the power hidden in Christ’s Passion. To do so we will follow the Passion History according to Mark’s Gospel – the most concise and powerful record of Christ’s work in all of Scripture. As we do so we will consider the following weekly themes under our series theme, THE POWER OF THE PASSION:
- Power to do God’s will even when it’s the most difficult thing to do
- Power to confess the truth in the face of adversity
- Power that cannot be denied
- Power to take the place of sinners without objection
- Power to save others when he could have saved himself
Join us Wednesdays at 7:oo PM beginning on February 21. Each devotional service is preceded by a soup supper starting at 6:00 PM.
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