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Lent begins next Wednesday on the day the church has traditionally called Ash Wednesday.  What is Lent all about?  And what is the significance of Ash Wednesday?  How should we observe this time on the church calendar?  Should we give up something?  

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Prepare for Lent

Now is the time to prepare for Lent.  Some will give something up, as has been the tradition, but I suggest that you consider taking something up.  

Make Lent a time of dedication to spending more time reading your Bible, reflecting on God’s teachings and revelation, and in prayer.  

40 Days Looking to Jesus

Make Lent a time of focusing on Jesus.  He is the reason for this season.  Think about who Jesus is and all that He did during His earthly ministry.  Then reflect upon all that Jesus does for you because you belong to Him.

I suggest that over the next forty days you consider the titles of Jesus found in His Word.  Here’s a list of 40 (there are many more).  Take a title each day leading up to Easter (Remember the 40 days do not include Sundays.)

Look up the Scripture for each title and ponder in your heart the gracious and generous work of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

40 Ways to Know Jesus Better

  1. Advocate – 1 John 2:1
  2. Author and Finisher of our Faith – Hebrews 12:2
  3. Bishop of Souls – 1 Peter 2:25 
  4. Bread of Life – John 6:35, 48 
  5. Chief Shepherd – 1 Peter 5:4 
  6. Christ – Matthew 1:16
  7. Cornerstone – Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6
  8. Deliverer – Romans 11:26 
  9. Door – John 10:9 
  10. Emmanuel – Matthew 1:23 
  11. Friend of Publicans (sinners)– Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:34 
  12. God – John 1:1
  13. Good & Great Shepherd – John 10:11, 14; Hebrews 13:20 
  14. Head of the Body (the Church) – Colossians 1:18  
  15. Holy One of God – Mark 1:24; Acts 3:14
  16. Hope – Romans 15:13; Titus 2:13  
  17. I Am – John 8:58 
  18. Immanuel – Matt 1:21-25, Luke 8:22-25 (Isaiah 7:14)
  19. Jesus – Matt 1:21, Phil 2:9
  20. Judge – Acts 10:42
  21. King of Kings, Lord of Lords – 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16 
  22. Lamb of God – John 1:29
  23. Last Adam – 1 Corinthians 15:45
  24. Light of the World – John 8:12, 9:5
  25. Master – Matthew 23:8, John 1:38   
  26. Minister (Servant)– Mark 10:45
  27. Passover Lamb – 1 Corinthians 5:7
  28. Prophet – Acts 3:22
  29. Propitiation – 1 John 2:2
  30. Redeemer – Galatians 3:13; Titus 2:14  
  31. Resurrection – John 11:25
  32. Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4 
  33. Sacrifice – Ephesians 5:2 
  34. Saviour – Luke 1:47 
  35. Shepherd – 1 Peter 2:25 
  36. Son of God – Matthew 4:3; Luke 1:35; John 1:49  
  37. Son of Man – Matthew 18:11 
  38. True Vine – John 15:1
  39. Way, Truth, and Life – John 14:6
  40. Word – John 1:1

Download the list and check off each day as you look up the Scriptures and ponder these titles.

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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