Lent: Day Twenty-nine

Another Monday and the next to last Monday in Lent. We have eleven days and Palm Sunday left in our observance.

I have an idea for what to do for the last seven days in Lent, four of which find me at my conference in Las Vegas. I think I will touch on the last seven words/statements of Jesus, one for each day Saturday through Holy Saturday. Remember Palm Sunday is not a day of Lent. I will look at:

First – “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Second – “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Third – “…he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.'”
Fourth – “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Fifth – “I am thirsty.”
Sixth – “It is finished.”
Seventh – “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

I am conflicted about going to Las Vegas. Going to the conference with my wife and daughter has all the earmarks of vacation and a celebration, while this weekend and next week mark the culmination of my Lenten experience. Christ is moving from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, inexorably meeting his destiny chosen before the foundation of the world. It seems so incongruous with the image of “Vegas, Sin City, World Capital for Casinos, Gambling, and Buffets”, unless you remember the sin and betrayal of that period. Judas gambled and lost; Peter denied; expediency won out and while Jerusalem looked forward to the Passover feast, salvation hung in the balance. Maybe it isn’t so incongruous at all.

What is it that Paul said in Romans 5:20-21?

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So, put me on your prayer list starting Friday night through Wednesday night. God has his reasons and we will see what they are.

Grace and peace to you as we enter the final stretch of our Lenten observance.

  3 comments for “Lent: Day Twenty-nine

  1. Terry
    March 15, 2005 at 8:53 pm

    Don’t forget that Lent is not one of our Father’s requirements. It is something the Church (presumably initiated by the Church fathers) has used to prepare for the solemn remembrance of the suffering and death of our Lord. There is no place you can be that can impact that truth. Therefore, whether you are at home or away from home (regardless of where), the fact still remains. Observe it in your spirit – which is all that really matters anyway.

    Cheers from a Lutheran fello traveler on this spiritual journey.

  2. March 16, 2005 at 12:31 am

    So well I know, but when I committed to it, it became my requirement before God. So while I understand your point, I hope you understand mine.

    Good to hear from other travelers.

  3. Terry
    March 16, 2005 at 8:52 pm

    Yes – I do. The most stringent requirements are the ones we impose upon ourselves – our own promises before the Almighty One. May He grant you peace, pardon, mercy, and strength. In the name of His dear Son, Jesus the Christ.

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