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Lent Devotional Week 4

 

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this coming Good Friday and Easter, we, at Faith Bible Church, want to be intentional about drawing close to God and seeking Him during this season of Lent. Join us as we pray together during this season.

 

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)  – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

From Luke McMeans - Jesus chose to honor His Father even when it was not easy or glamorous. As we spend time focusing on Jesus’ sacrifice, it’s important to remember that God has also called us to follow Him with everything we have. We can find peace in knowing that God has prepared our acts of obedience before we arrive at them. He is completely sovereign! His perfect love, displayed for us in Christ, is a promise of His blessing and care that casts out all of our fears and reservations.

 

  1. Pray for God to show you opportunities to do good works. Ask Him to remove distractions or barriers that keep you from serving Him by serving others.
  2. Tell God about the fears or doubts you have concerning His plan for your life. Pray that He would show you how He has already provided for those needs, and ask for His strength in the areas where you lack faith or obedience.
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Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

This blog post is a part of an ongoing series leading up to Easter by some of our artists here at Faith Bible Church. During Holy Week, they will present the story of Christ’s death and resurrection through artwork displayed in our auditorium. Join us April 3, 2015 to pray through the Way of the Cross and encounter and be changed by Christ.

 

Mark 15:21 (NIV) - A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.


The image of Jesus carrying his own cross is a powerful one from the Scriptures. Jesus, a man known throughout the region as a rabbi who had great compassion on the poor and helpless was forced to drag the cross that would be the source of his own crucifixion. As he suffered under the weight of the cross, Scripture tells us that Simon of Cyrene was called out to help Jesus in His time of need. There doesn’t seem to be a specific reason why the soldiers picked Simon out of the crowd to help Jesus carry the cross. Perhaps he was bigger and stronger than most of the others. Since Jesus was struggling with the cross, a stronger physique would have been reason enough for the soldiers. Perhaps Simon’s attitude and countenance showed concern and compassion for the scene unfolding before him. A scene of a beaten and bleeding man slowly making his way to his own death would be disturbing to anyone. So, the soldiers might have seen Simon’s kindness and concern and taken advantage of it.


Regardless of the reason, Simon of Cyrene was there. He was paying attention and he was available to serve Jesus. As we consider our own lives, there is often so much going on in this world that is worth our attention. Yet, there is also so much that commands our attention that is worthless.


As I worked on my charcoal of Simon of Cyrene that will be displayed as part of our Scriptural Way of the Cross this Good Friday, I thought about my own focus compared to Simon’s. Am I paying enough attention to what is going on around me that I see others who are in desperate need? Am I available to help someone else bear their cross?

 

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