Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Sixth Sunday of Lent

Lenten Lights is a series of devotional readings leading up to Easter. A brief introduction to the series can be read here.

Sixth Sunday of Lent (if reading weekly)

or

Thursday before Easter (if reading daily)

[Two candles lit before reading]

God made very sure that we could understand who he is, what he is like, and what he wants for us and what he wants from us. He did this by sending his Son, Jesus. Now we don’t have just the written Word, we have the Living Word — a real person. When people watched Jesus, they were seeing God.

BUT even God himself, God in person, was rejected. People hated him and rejected his message from God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

[Snuff the next candle. Do not light again until Easter.]

And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him.”

(Taken from John 3:16; Luke 2:6-7; Isaiah 53:3; Mark 10:32-34)

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Taken from Lenten Lights

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