This Lenten devotional was produced by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City back in 2011. Thankfully, they've made it available in years since for those seeking to prepare themselves for our annual celebration of Jesus' victory over Death in his resurrection.
What is Lent? Our friends at Redeemer provide a succinct answer in the devotional's forward:
What is Lent? The word “Lent” comes from the Old English word “lengten,” which simply means “spring” — when the days lengthen and new life springs forth. It is a time in which we anticipate the victory of the light and life of Christ over the darkness of sin and death. It is, to borrow a phrase from C.S. Lewis, a season of a kind of “happiness and wonder that makes you serious.”
It is our prayer that as you journey with us from Ash Wednesday to Easter, you would be reminded of the reality of our broken humanity, but as days grow brighter, you would experience with greater abundance the reality of God’s redeeming grace. And so, just as we carefully prepare for big events in our personal lives, such as a wedding or commencement, Lent invites us to make our hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection.
While formal observance of the Lenten season is not required of Christians (and some forms of observance even strike against central truths of the faith), seasons of prayer as well as fasting are indeed biblical and can be of great benefit to us as followers of Jesus. If you're interested in a thought-provoking take on Lenten observance devoid of superstition and the tragic notion that salvation is by our works, and not by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, consider reading this 2012 piece by theologian, Michael Horton.
Willow Creek Church invites you to the following Passion Week services. We would love to see you!
March 25th (10:00AM)
Dr. Steve Brown
Maundy Thursday (Communion Service)
March 29th (7:00PM)
Joe Lucero & Pastor Drew Taylor
March 30th (7:00PM)
Pastor Lee Wright
April 1st (9:00AM & 10:45AM)
Pastor Kevin Labby