Lent is a season of reflection and renewed faith in the miracle of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension and his promised coming again in glory. Through Advent and Christmas we prepared our lives for his arrival, “Ready or Not Here He Comes.” And in Epiphany we witnessed his glory, “glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) — “Here’s Jesus!” For the next six weeks we will follow Jesus to the pinnacle of his glory, revealed surprisingly, shockingly, on the cross and there we humbly pray, “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus.”
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Sunday, February 21 (Click to watch) – In Martin Luther’s Small Catechism he wrote in the explanation to the 6th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: “Lead us not into temptation” — God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory. Jesus’ victory over Satan in the wilderness gives us assurance that the evil foe indeed has no power over us. He is defeated by the cross and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
Thy Kingdom Come
Sunday, February 28 – Martin Luther’s explanation of the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer in his Small Catechism reads: “The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also. God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity.” The kingdom comes to us today as we learn with Peter and the disciples what it means to confess that Jesus is the Christ.