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Kalamazoo, Michigan

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March 2013

Written by Michael Thomas Scott, Sr., D.Min.  |  Found in: Main

From the Pulpit:

"And go quickly and tell his disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going be-fore you in to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." -Matthew 28:7 (NKJV)

Greetings and the name of our Risen Savior and Lord Jesus the Christ! What an exciting time of year, the season of Lent and Eastertide!

The season of Lent is a season of preparation for Resurrection.. During Lent we remember that important part of Jesus’ life when he dwelt fasting in the desert for forty days, and was tempted by the devil. Where Adam and Eve gave in to the serpent’s temptation, Jesus does not: even in self-denial, Jesus is victorious over temptation.

And late in Lent, during Holy Week and especially on Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ suffer-ing and death to save us. The day is so much brighter when you have been through the darkness.

To see the light of Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter, you have to acknowledge the suffering of his execution that precedes it. In Lent, we pay attention to the parts of Jesus’ life—his self control, his patience, his faithfulness even in suffering—that we hope to gain as his disciples. I have found a yearly observance of Lent helpful in this respect.

Many people give up something during Lent. But in our culture, focused on self-improvement as we are, this can result in a big misunderstanding: we start (even if only in the back of our minds) to think of a Lenten fast in terms of a diet! But Lent is not about us! Lent is about Jesus Christ. In Lent we might give up something, do a specific prayer discipline, or change something to push ourselves spiritually. But the point is not self-improvement. The point is not even just self-denial. The point is to feel a little discomfort, a little pain, and by that to be constantly reminded of the love of our Savior Jesus Christ, who denied himself for our salvation.

If you observe Lent with prayer and fasting, use that prayer and fasting first of all to remember Jesus. If Lent is not about getting to know Jesus Christ better, it really is a waste of time. Lent culminates in the celebration of the glorious Resurrection of the Christ! Let's not forget that this year will we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ at 7:30am, 10:30am, and 6:00pm. During our 6:00pm worship experience, the pastor will deliver an illustrative sermon entitled, "Not Guilty!" This is something that you don't want to miss.

Because of Calvary,

Michael T. Scott, Sr., D.Min.,
Senior Pastor/Servant Leader