Sun, 5 March 2017
March 5, 2017
Synopsis: Today is the First Sunday of Lent. Now the celebration of Lent is not big in our faith tradition so let me put this another way. Six weeks from today we will be celebrating Easter. It is the time for our annual celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the eternal hope that is brought to life in Him. On the Hebrew calendar, it was the time when People of Israel celebrated the Passover and remembered how God delivered them from bondage in Egypt. We always celebrate Easter on a Sunday even though the Hebrew calendar shifts the day of their celebration of Passover. Why Sunday? It is not arbitrary choice. Jesus rose to life on the first day of the week and that is why we continue to worship every week on Sunday. Every week we gather in celebration of the resurrection, but Easter is our annual remembrance and time of worship.
Psalm 32:5 gives us a directive that will work for everyday and especially for these weeks leading up to Easter. Our adversary doesn’t want us to hear them or put them into practice, but we don’t have to listen to the devil. Hear the word of the Lord for God’s word is the word of life.
Text: Psalm 32:5-6, ESV; Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, NLT; Romans 5:12-19, NLT; Matthew 4:1-11, NLT
Scripture Reading: Psalm 32:1-7