Theme of the Week: Following Jesus
Bible Verse: “I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father.” John 15:15 CSB
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-17
Like the first disciples whom Jesus called, we respond to the voice of Jesus, who says, “Follow me” (Mark 1:17). We, too are called to be ones who have “left everything and followed him.”
The good news is that God is with us every step of the way. God is with us in Jesus Christ, every step of the way. This is the resource we in the church have for our living into Lent. We have a companion. Jesus Christ, our divine companion, is with us.
Jonathan Edwards helps us recognize that the great God has come down to us and become one of us, taking our nature. Why? So that Jesus Christ may be our companion—through Lent and through all our days.
We step out in Lent, turning from our own ways to the way of Jesus. We follow Jesus as his disciples. But as we do, Jesus is with us. He is one of us, human to the core. He understands us even as he stands under us, supporting us at every step.
We share fellowship in him and with him. We are not alone and need not be afraid. In Jesus, we have joy in the journey!
Reflection: The living Christ still has two hands, one to point the way, and the other held out to help us along… And we are assured, as we set out on the journey, that he is with us always, even unto the end of the world. —T. W. Manson1
Action Step: Consider the two hands of Christ and reflect on where you believe Christ is pointing your life. Also, reflect on how you experience the help Jesus brings on your journey.
Taken from Living into Lent, Donald McKim, ©2013 Witherspoon Press. Used by Permission of Westminster John Knox Press.
1 T. W. Manson, Ethics and the Gospel (London: SCM Press, 1960), p. 68.
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