He is risen!
Welcome to Covenant Presbyterian Church’s Lent Devotional Guide for 2016.
This is the fifth time the servant-leaders of our church family have prepared such a guide to help us get ready for Easter during the season of preparation called Lent. I am so glad you have decided to share this year’s journey with us through the pages of the Bible.
Foretold in the account of creation, pointed toward by God’s prophets in Israel, investigated and affirmed in the New Testament letters, and presented in the Gospels, the true story that we celebrate as we prepare for Resurrection Sunday is the most important ever told. It is the story of God’s Eternal Kingdom awakening in His world and in the hearts, minds and lives of His people. The creative and redemptive work of Jesus—His death and resurrection—is the story of God’s eternal love overflowing for every one of His beloved people. Is that you? Put your trust in Jesus Christ, call Him “Lord and Savior” with the measure of faith God has given you, and it is!
From sometime before The Beginning, God planned for the redemption of His people through the coming of His Son. And this was accomplished when He—the Messiah, the Holy One of God, the Suffering Servant, the King of Kings—died one day by one of the cruelest state-sanctioned and deterrence-motivated means of execution ever invented. It was called crucifixion, and the instrument of torture was called a cross. And then this son of a Nazarene carpenter was revealed to be the one-and-only divine savior of the world when He was raised to life on the third day.
The name “Lent” comes from an Old English word that means “lengthen” and points to the reality of lengthening days as we approach Easter. Day by day, the sun shines longer through the days of Lent, the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, excluding Sundays. In this booklet, we offer a Bible reading, personal reflection, suggested response and prayer for each of these 40 days.
This collection of devotions is divided into three parts: l. Old Testament Prophecies Pointing to Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, 2. New Testament Commentary on Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, and 3. the New Testament Narrative of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.
I am grateful to those who have helped make this guide a reality for us again this year. Your Worship Ministry Team, Staff, Elders and others have worked hard to prepare this Guide for you. We pray that the Light of Easter shines for you through each page and each writer. The story of Jesus you will read is true. The faith of people like you evidenced in these pages is genuine. We believe this Guide will help you put your trust in Jesus and worship God well each day as He guides your steps. And it is our hope and expectation that our commitment to the discipline of daily reading and meditation will help His Kingdom awaken more and more in each of us as we give ourselves to the joyful duty and privilege of preparing ourselves for the greatest celebration of all—Easter Sunday.
May you be blessed, as we have been, by the retelling of the Easter Story offered here—the humbling truth of God’s death for us and the astounding reality that He is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Pastor Jay Hull for the CPC Elders, Staff and Worship Ministry Team
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