We will be journeying with Jesus in the coming weeks as He makes His way to Jerusalem and ultimately to the cross.
The season of Lent historically in the early times of the church was a time of baptismal preparation. Most baptisms in the early church were believer baptism and it meant each candidate went through a period of rigorous instruction, acts of discipline, fasting, meditation and repentance. The culminating event in this baptismal journey brought them to an Easter Sunrise worship where all the baptismal candidates would turn to the west and reject the darkness and renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God. Then they would turn to the east, facing the rising sun and confess their faith in God and in Jesus Christ their Lord. Each candidate was then baptized, being immersed in the water and as they were raised up out of the water, they walked into the light of the morning sun, representing their walking in the light of Christ as a new creation.
As people who walk as Lutheran Christians, we firmly believe in the Pauline teachings. We teach and have the understanding that we are baptized into Christ’s death so that we can also be raised up in a resurrection like His.
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 6:3f, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
We are beginning our journey with Jesus to the cross. It will be a reminder to us of the great love God has for us in giving God’s Son for the sake of the world. This journey will take us on a walk to Good Friday. In Christ’s dying, we too are reminded of our own death that we share with Christ our Lord. But thanks be to God, for the victory over death that we also share with Christ because of his being resurrected from the dead, that we too may share in the same resurrection life.
Let this be a time for us to reflect upon Christ’s sacrifice and God’s great love for us, that makes it possible for there to be a place for us in God’s kingdom.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Craig