lent
Lee Bramlett
March 26, 2024
A Season of Lent

Did you observe Lent when you were growing up? I didn’t. But now I see the importance that Lent allows me to reflect on the person of Jesus Christ and His teachings. When we take 40 days of Lent to reflect on Jesus, it helps us to become better fathers, as we fully understand Father God through His son. Let’s not only know him intellectually. We can use this season of Lent to think more on an emotional level and embrace the living Christ in a new way.

I challenge you during this time to see and reflect on Jesus as a person and what he taught us.  Together, join with to me to rediscover Christ.  Jesus Christ is the redeemer of broken relationships and the one who strengthens relationships between fathers and children. 

We have the perfect example through Jesus of how to be a good son and do the Father’s will.  God, our Father, created us to be good fathers, but we don’t always live up to what we are created to do as men. Why is that? What are we missing? Why is this so very important? It is because fathers are the key to healthy families, healthy workplaces, and healthy communities.  This is hard because we must lead our families to follow Christ, yet die to ourselves. 

Die to self? What was and what is the significance of the cross? The early disciples understood crucifixion as key. We are told to pick up our cross and follow Christ. The literal crucifixion of Christ should weigh heavy on our hearts. Let us reflect and let this sink in.  

How about this? The Creator God would rather die at the hands of his enemies than destroy them. He could’ve stopped it all with one word.  But through suffering and death, we see more clearly. Think about that. How crazy is that? If you were God, would you reveal yourself in suffering and death? All the other gods throughout time have revealed themselves in brightness, power, and might, defeating their enemies. At the true center of everything, God is revealed to mankind at the cross. What? 

Hans Urs Von Balthasar told us. “Being disguised under the disfigurement of an ugly crucifixion death, Christ upon the cross is [paradoxically] the clearest revelation of who God is." 

We cannot know and understand God without knowing Jesus Christ! 

“God is like Jesus, God has always been like Jesus. There has never been a time when God was not like Jesus. We haven’t always known this, but now we do.” Brian Zahnd

God is perfectly revealed in the Son, Jesus. Never any contradiction. The Son never acts alone.

 

The Son perfectly reveals the Father.  Think about Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and David. They knew God, right?  They saw God in a burning bush, God spoke to them, and they argued and negotiated with God…. But, God said in John 1:18 "No one has seen God at any time, the unique One (Christ), who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us."

We can’t know God except through Jesus. Jesus says the Father and I are one (John 10:30).  John says if you have seen Him, you have seen the Father (John 14:9).

Lent is a time to reflect on Christ. Think of his life and know him. Think about his life, death, who He was, and who He is. His death. As we seek to know Jesus, learn to die to ourselves, and seek to be more like him, we will be better fathers. Die to Self. Live for Christ.

 

Next steps:

  1. Reflect on the Season of Lent letter above.
  2. Give up something for Lent: i.e. soft drinks, coffee, a meal a day, Social Media… the idea is to give up something and take that time to reflect on Jesus Christ.
  3. Read the Bible during Lent through a 40-day Bible verse, book, or app.  Some suggestions are below:

Or follow this plan:

Lent 2024 Daily Scripture Reading

  1. 2/14 Luke 4:14-21
  2. 2/15 Matthew 5:3-12
  3. 2/16 Matthew 5:13-20
  4. 2/17 Matthew 5:21-32
  5. 2/19 Matthew 5:33-48
  6. 2/20 Matthew 6:1-15
  7. 2/21 Matthew 6:16-24
  8. 2/22 Matthew 6:25-34
  9. 2/23 Matthew 7:1-12
  10. 2/24 Matthew 7:13-23
  11. 2/26 Matthew 7:24-29
  12. 2/27 John 3:1-16
  13. 2/28 Mark 2:13-17
  14. 2/29 Matthew 10:1-20
  15. 3/1 Matthew 10:21-42
  16. 3/2 Matthew 11:25-28
  17. 3/4 John 10:1-18
  18. 3/5 Matthew 13:1-23
  19. 3/6 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
  20. 3/7 Matthew 13:31-35
  21. 3/8 Matthew 13:44-52
  22. 3/9 Matthew 16:21-28
  23. 3/11 Luke 7:36-50
  24. 3/12 Matthew 19:16-30
  25. 3/13 Luke 10:1-24
  26. 3/14 Luke 10:25-37
  27. 3/15 Luke 12:13-21
  28. 3/16 Luke 15:1-10
  29. 3/18 Luke 15:11-31
  30. 3/19 John 14:1-14
  31. 3/20 John 15:1-17
  32. 3/21 John 15:26-27; 16:1-15
  33. 3/22 Matthew 25:14-30
  34. 3/23 John 17:1-26
  35. 3/25 Matthew 26:1-16
  36. 3/26 Matthew 26:17-30
  37. 3/27 Matthew 26:26-56
  38. 3/28 Luke 22:63-71
  39. 3/29 Luke 23:26-43
  40. 3/30 Luke 23:44-49

 


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