March 8, 2011
Ash Wednesday, First Day of Lent
Morning - Psalm 32, Psalm 143, Isaiah 58:1-12, Hebrews 12:1-14
Evening - Psalm 102, Psalm 130, Jonah 3 & 4, Luke 15:10-32
The Gospel readings for Lent will follow the life and ministry of Christ as He makes His unrelenting progress toward
and the cross. We begin with a reminder of the reason Christ has come to earth, and why He is going to the cross. He has come to save sinners. The story of the Prodigal Son expresses the joy of God over every person who repents of sin and returns to God. The whole story is an illustration of the truth of Luke 15:10, "Likewise, I say unto to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Jerusalem
The Scripture readings for today appropriately begin with the words of Psalm 32 "Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven, and whose sin is covered." The reading from Isaiah reminds us that the true fast is a fast from sins, "to loose the bands of wickedness." Hebrews continues this theme saying, "let us lay aside... the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." What wonderful words these are to begin the season of Lent, a season of seeking God and intentional rooting sin out of our lives. Lent is a season of repentance.