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If you’re not a Christian, you may wonder why on Earth Christians make such a big deal of Jesus’ death. The founder of your religion was executed as a criminal two thousand years ago … so what?
And if you’re a Christian, you may have some idea why it’s important, but may wonder too. We believe that Jesus died under the punishment for our sins: that’s a good thing.
But is that all?
In our Lenten sermon series, we’re going to look at six ways Jesus’ death doesn’t just “mean something:” it redefines reality (there are way more). Looking only through the book of Romans, we’ll see how Jesus’ death highlights the attributes of God, creates our relationship with God, and changes the pattern of our lives. We’ll see how it does more than make us right with God: it shows us what it really means to be human.
Below the sermons are a few resources on Jesus’ death and the Christian life; there’s also an explanation of what the season of Lent is and why we observe it. We hope you join us for this rich, meaningful season!
Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life by Jimmy Davis
Of the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
The Cross of Christ by John Stott
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper
Lent Devotional Guides
Lenten Devotional from Sojourn Church (it's from 2015, but the days of the week sync up)
Lent is a season of preparation and repentance prior to Easter Sunday. Lent invites us to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection: literally the crux of the gospel. And while it is important to lay emphasis on mortality and sinfulness in this season, it is more important to emphasize our union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-14, Eph. 1:3-14). The journey of Lent is to immerse ourselves in the grand story of Easter, so that we might appreciate more our own insufficiency to merit salvation, and so that our love and awe for Jesus, God the Son might grow.
May we mourn the darkness in our hearts and rejoice in the light of God who came into the world to save us!
The Practice of Fasting
Traditionally, Lent is a time when we fast, or give things up. When we deny ourselves familiar comforts, we learn something powerful about our weaknesses, our needs, and our deepest longing for God. Fasting is a tangible, physical activity that points to our spiritual longing to be rooted in Jesus alone and find our true comfort and joy in him.
Fasting is rarely something that is fun, easy, or what we want to do, however, often it is when we make space in our lives, by removing a gift of God, that we become more attuned to the presence of the Giver and Creator, Himself. Please consider how you might meaningfully engage in the discipline of fasting this Lenten season.