This year the focus of Lent will be one of the most staggering chapters in all the Scriptures - Isaiah 53. Our teaching at our Ash Wednesday Communion service at 8pm Wednesday 6 March will be from that chapter in order to launch the reading of our Lent book ‘The beauty of the cross’ by Tim Chester. If you haven’t purchased your copy (special offer £4) then please do get hold of it soon. The book slowly but carefully takes us through this vision of Christ within the Old Testament in a compelling way in order to help us to appreciate even more the amazing cost of the love of Christ for us. Slowing down in order to savour the love of the Lord Jesus would be a great aim for this period of Lent. So often we can get hijacked by ‘giving things up for Lent’ but though well intentioned that smacks more of legalism than leading to gospel holiness. No, the best preparation for Easter is to slow down and be soaked in Scripture such that we taste afresh the beauty of the crucified Lord Jesus. Let that be our Lenten resolution for 2019.
This year we are also providing another option - a family devotion written by Ed Drew ‘The wonder of Easter’ (again, special offer £4). It includes 34 readings with specific suggestions how to engage children and young people of different ages from the very young to 18. Perhaps as a family you may not have used this sort of resource before but adopting such an aim to commit to preparing for Easter in this way could be a wonderful spiritual investment for your family this Lent.
'But He was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,
and by His wounds we are healed.' (Isaiah 53:5)
Pierced … crushed … punished … wounded … for people like us. Amazing love to savour again and again.
(Rector, St Nicholas Sevenoaks,)