Lent is the special church season in which we especially remember the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. Some focus on what we should give up for God, and as long as the motive is based on what God has first done for us that can be a very good spiritual discipline. But it all has to start with our generous God; indeed, we love and respond only because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 ). Of Course, our Lenten Midweek theme this year is taking on something for Lent — Luther’s Catechism. Try to read through his Small Catechism each day and through the Large Catechism once during this Lent season. And remember that it’s still all about Jesus.
I’ve seen a couple of versions of this poem (most anonymous) but still running down a claim by a Lyle C Rollings III to have written it about 2006. I really like the thought:
The greatest man in history, Jesus, had no servants, yet they called Him master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him healer. Had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He did not live in a castle, yet they called Him Lord, He had no earthly throne, yet they called Him King. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today!
Great thought and Luther’s Catechism so reinforces a true and certain trust in this Lord and Savior that we focus on during Lent. Please join us throughout March as looking at the Catechism helps us grow in our understanding, appreciation, and love for our Lord Jesus. We end March this year with Holy Week and start April with Easter, when we remember how Jesus takes away our sins, gives us life in Him now and forever and gives us a solid foundation on which to build our lives upon. Without Him… we can do NOTHING! But remember His Words: “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit” (John 15:5). Or Paul’s inspired words: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).
See you in Divine Service,