"The righteous shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17)





Lent, and the Life of Jesus

February 11, 2013


Give, and it will be given to you. (Luke 6:38)
It is the time of year when we hear the sermons about the life of Jesus, meditating on his life, death, ascension, and resurrection.  The 40-day season of Lent is a great opportunity for us professing Christians to closely look at the Bible passages about Jesus after Christmas season.  
Luke 6 is the record of Jesus' teaching called Sermon on the Mount, giving guidelines for the Christians with new life to practice in their walks of life. Also called as the Golden Rule, it is the core of Jesus' teaching and what he has demonstrated through his life: Forgiving sinners, loving enemies, and blessing those who curse. (Luke 6:32-38)  
We seem to live in the midsts of constant tragedies one after the other-- in our family, at work places, in national politics, and in natural disasters like hurricanes and blizzards. We get to be confined easily within ourselves. They challenge us and our spirits grow weary. Jesus our Lord, however, came to us as comforter, protector, and the Prince of Peace, who lived his life selflessly and for the higher calling of building God's kingdom on earth. 
As we spend together the season of Lent, Christ's sacrifice is something we constantly need to be reminded. 
Philippians 2 sums up the life of Jesus in the following three verses:
 "Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:6-8)

Following the life of Jesus, Apostle Paul described such lifestyle in the Book of Romans this way: 
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." (Romans 12:1)
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. (Romans 12:20)


"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

Whether following the set rituals of church traditions or simply browsing over the Lenten devotionals, preparing our heart posture will help this time of Easter to be more meaningful to our faith. Let us keep our faith walk being closer day by day to that of Jesus. 




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