Lent Symbols Week 6

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LENT: VISUAL SYMBOLS OF WORSHIP

During the 40 days of Lent, Christians around the globe remember the sacrifices of Jesus Christ – in setting aside His eternal nature to become human; and in His willing submission of His will in deference to His Father’s will, becoming “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8, ESV). It is a time of repentance, reflection, and personal sacrifice, many believers committing to give up some activity or indulgence during Lent to more fully identify with Jesus’ sacrifices. Pennway’s Worship Design Team has been working hard to design signs and symbols of the Lenten Season. Each week, I will highlight some of these visual reminders in this blog. In this world with its endless distractions and shiny objects that pull for our affections, it is my prayer that these symbols of Lent will pull you back to worship our savior Jesus Christ.

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Sunday begins Holy week, 8 days of remembering the passion of Christ, His brutal death, and triumphant resurrection on Easter Sunday. The first day of Holy week is Palm Sunday, and our Lenten symbol is a palm branch, commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem the week before His death. The people celebrated His entry by covering the street with palm branches, and waving them in tribute to their Messiah, the promised king that would liberate His people by establishing God’s kingdom on earth. The following Friday, Jesus did bring liberty. Not for the Jewish nation alone, and not by conquering the military forces of the day. By willingly shedding His life’s blood, Jesus bought salvation for the entire human race, liberating us from the bondage of sin and commuting our eternal death sentence. As we approach Easter Sunday, let us be mindful of His sacrifice and love.

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