Lent is a time for Christians to fully examine their relationship with the Lord. Through prayer, sacrifice and service, we develop an understanding of what it means to "take up your cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34) As Christians, we are called to live Christ's life- not to study the life of Jesus and try to be like Him, but actually let Him live through us.
In my own journey this Lent, Our Lord is asking me to fully understand His love. Through several prayer experiences, I hear him calling me to this deeper understanding of His love- not just with my head, but with my heart. And the key to understanding that amazing love is to understand His suffering. My intellect understands that the Lord suffered, but I have never explored His suffering with my heart. His love is greater than His suffering, but how great was that suffering?
I am participating in an independent Threshold Bible Study called People of the Passion by Stephen J. Binz. In this study, I will explore the meaning of discipleship through the people who encounter Jesus during His passion. These people witness and are impacted by the suffering of Jesus. They saw the suffering of our Lord first hand. It is my hope that by going on this journey through their eyes, I will have a better understanding of His suffering and then of His love.
Please know that I am not a scholar. I have no formal education in theology, philosophy or church history. I'm just a regular person trying to make sense of what Jesus is asking me to do- to love like He loves.
To follow this journey, visit http://www.bloggingthroughlent.blogspot.com/
Day 1- The Widow
Day 2- The Woman Who Anointed Jesus
Day 3- Simon Peter is Taught to Serve
Day 4- Judas Iscariot Plots Aganist Jesus
Day 5- The Beloved Disciple Reclines Next to Jesus
Day 6- Peter Vows Fidelity to Jesus
Day 7- Peter Offers to Lay Down His Life
Day 8- Peter, James and John Accompany Jesus to Gethsemane
Day 9- Judas Betrays Jesus with a Kiss
Day 10- Simon Peter Fights back with a Sword
Day 11- The Young Man Who Ran Off Naked
Day 12- Annas Interrogates Jesus
Day 13- Caiaphas Charges Jesus with Blasphemy
Day 14- Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Day 15- Judas Ends His Life With Remorse
Day 16- Pilate Questions Jesus and the Crowd
Day 17- Pilate is Put on Trial by Jesus
Day 18- Pilate Hands Jesus Over for Crucifixion
Day 19- Herod Mocks Jesus
Day 20- Barabbas is Released While Jesus is Condemned
Day 21- The Soldiers Mock and Torture Jesus
Day 22- Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross
Day 23- The Women of Jerusalem Weep for Jesus
Day 24- Two Criminals Travel the Way of Crucifixion with Jesus
Day 25- The Mother of Jesus Stands at the Cross
Day 26- The Centurion Professes Faith in Jesus