The tradition of Lent began as a 40-day time of preparation for early Christians. During those 40 days, newer Christians added spiritual disciplines in preparation for getting baptized on Easter Sunday. Then, Easter Sunday was a glorious celebration of the new beginning for these new believers. Eventually Lent became a time of preparation for all Christians to continue to grow as disciples of Jesus.
This year, Lent begins on February 14th, and we will mark that beginning with an Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary. Ash Wednesday is a time to remember our humanity and our need for a relationship with God.
Then, during Lent we will travel through the Gospel of John in 40 days. Small groups will be reading through the gospel together. On Sunday mornings we will focus on John’s major themes in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The way John describes Jesus has a unique perspective when compared to the other gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
This is the gospel I first read in July of 1992 after I gave my life to Christ. It is the gospel that began to shape my view of what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. It is a gospel that reminds us that Jesus is God in the flesh. We will see some of the great powers and love that Jesus offers to us and to all of the world. This gospel reminds me that God does amazing things when we believe.
I hope by going through John’s Gospel, that you too will be reminded of the amazing and wonderful love of God that continues to do amazing things today.
Join us this Lent as we “Journey through John” together.