Lent is the journey we make as we travel with Christ from the Mount of Transfiguration to Jerusalem, where He will face the cross and the grave for our sake. This year’s theme focuses upon the journey, though perhaps not in the way we usually walk it. Our overall theme is “Return from Exile: A Lenten Journey.”
The beginning of our journey is exile in the wilderness of sin and death. From the first sin in the first garden, we have been exiled into the wilderness where we have wandered without any ability to find our way out. But every journey also has a destination. Our return from exile brings us into the promised land, the perfect place, the new garden, the courts of heaven—the ultimate destination which was established for us by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
There is great joy in the journey as we see where our returning brings us; but there is also a somber attitude when we consider what Christ faced on account of our sin. Each leg of our Lenten journey begins in the Old Testament and continues into the New Testament, pointing us to the joy that is ours on account of Christ Jesus. The sermons and resources in this series give the hearers opportunity to contemplate the reality of their earthly journey, but with eyes always fixed on its destination—the empty tomb and the open gates of everlasting life—and with an underlying reality of joy as we hear proclaimed again that we do not walk this way alone!
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Sackcloth and ashes—the signs of mourning and repentance in the pages of Scripture. This is where we begin our Lenten journey, our return from exile. This is not a journey that begins with rejoicing and excitement; it begins with ashes. God does not desire our sacrifices, as if we could atone for or cover our own sin. God desires broken and contrite hearts which He will not despise (Psalm 51:17). Any efforts to cover up, to pay for, or to atone for our own sin only result in more sackcloth and ashes, even death. It is God who responds to the ashes of our repentance by sending His only-begotten Son. Jesus Christ, on the cross, has washed away ashes of our sins, has removed the sackcloth of our guilt, and has clothed us in His robes of righteousness and garments of salvation. The pure and holy white linen garments that adorn the saints in heaven cover us as we long for the day when we will join them around the throne.
Midweek of Lent 1 : February 21, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven”
Midweek of Lent 2 : February 28, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Mountain to Mountain: Mount Moriah to Mount Zion”
Midweek of Lent 3 : March 7, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Out of Egypt: Through the Water”
Midweek of Lent 4 : March 14, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Tree to Tree: The Tree of Life to the Cross”
Midweek of Lent 5 : March 28, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Death to Resurrection: The Wilderness to the Promised Land”
Maundy Thursday : March 29, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Meal to Meal: The Passover to the Lord’s Supper”
Good Friday : March 30, 2018 (7:15pm)
“Sin-Bearer to Sin-Bearer: The Day of Atonement to the Atonement”
Easter : April 1, 2018 (Sunrise and 10:00 am)