March 2013

Post date: Feb 27, 2013 4:55:0 PM

You know the old saying about the month of March. “In like a lion and out like a lamb,” or “In like a lamb and out like a lion.” The weather is changeable and unpredictable in March as winter gradually gives way to spring. But regardless of what the weather is doing, this year March will definitely go out like a lamb: the Lamb of God. Easter, the resurrection celebration of our Lord Jesus is on March 31st this year.

So during the last week of March we come to the main things in our Christian faith: the trial, suffering, death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus. On Palm/Passion Sunday, March 24th, we celebrate Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem and proclaim, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! (Luke 19:38) A few minutes later we hear the dramatic reading of Jesus’ trial, suffering and crucifixion.

On Maundy Thursday, March 28th, we see the Last Supper acted out and share in the bread and wine, the body and blood of Jesus. On Good Friday, March 29th, we remember the pains Christ bore for us to take away our sin and the sin of the whole world. And we hear the seven last words of Jesus from the cross.

Throughout the month of March we will be in the season of Lent and attempt to walk with our Savior Jesus to the cross. Worship, prayer, Bible reading, fasting, and deeds of love will help us to be intentional in our 40 day Lenten journey.

And then, finally, when Easter dawns on Sunday March 31st, we will be able to fully celebrate the joy of our Lord’s resurrection from death. With Easter hymns and horns and loud voices and Bible readings and friends and breakfast and flowers we will celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. And then we will join the feast of the lamb once slain: the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and sets us free to be people of God. Christ is risen and he calls us forward to the abundant life of God and to be full participants of the peaceful kingdom of God on earth.

A blessed Lent and Holy Week to us all,

Pastor Dennis