Theme of the Week: Following Jesus
Bible Verse: “Then the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with terrifying power, and with signs and wonders.” Deuteronomy 26:8 CSB
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
As we prepare our hearts towards celebrating Easter, we have focused our attention this week on what it means to follow Jesus. These are some of the highlights for your reflection:
Following Jesus: Our path will not be easy. However, we do not follow Jesus alone. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit, the care of the Christian community—the church—and the presence of Jesus himself as our divine companions.
Christ Our Companion: 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.
The Two Hands of Christ: T. W. Manson has shown us the two hands of Christ. One points the way; the other helps us along the way.
The Opportunity of Discipleship: A special mission claims our whole lives and gives focus to all we think, say, and do. Discipleship opens up a destiny we could never know otherwise.
The Joy of Discipleship: Bonhoeffer says Christ’s mercy is boundless. We can face any future, secure in Christ’s mercy. This is our great need—and what Jesus gives us.
Taken from Living into Lent, Donald McKim, ©2013 Witherspoon Press. Used by Permission of Westminster John Knox Press.
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