Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jesus, Groaned & Wept! February 26, 2012

Welcome to the “Lenten Season.” We are commemorating the Lord Jesus life as He when into the wilderness and was tempted of the devil.  He was victorious over the temptations of the enemy and we are inspired to follow in His footsteps and be victorious! We are blessed that you are here.

The Lenten Season has begun, it is the season that points to spring, and reminds us of the knowledge of Resurrection.  Just as the earth wakes up when winter is past, so our mortal bodies shall one day spring forth in immortality – in Resurrection power! O Glorious morning!  In this Lenten Season, we remember the Lord Jesus as He came out of the waters of Baptism and went forth into the wilderness.  It was a time of preparation for Ministry as He fasted those forty days. As Jesus came to the end of the forty days of fasting, Scripture says He was hungry! This is when the devil chose to tempt Him, in the midst of a spiritual time of abstaining. Jesus was victorious as He came forth from the wilderness and the temptation of the enemy. He was now Truly about His Father’s business, the days wherein He would teach His followers, correct them, warn them and prepare them for His departure.  As the time of Jesus life on earth is winding down, He is busy going about doing good, obeying His Father. There has been quite a few attempts now on His life. His friend Lazarus has died and has been in the grave four days. As most saints know, Jesus went to Bethany to the place of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. It is here that Jesus declared: “I am the Resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though He were dead, yet shall He live!” Why then did Jesus “weep” at the grave site?  Jesus ‘groaned’ C it was a conflict once again with satan and the power of death! He ‘wept’ C because of unbelief of His followers. As Jesus was victorious over the conflict with satan so we too can be victorious!  May we be mindful of unbelief and eradicate doubt from our minds, and Trust in the Lord with all our heart! Let us maintain our Lenten Discipline as we “remember our Lord Jesus Christ and the Sacrifice He gave for our Salvation.   Loving you, Pastor