Lent: Visual Symbols Week 3
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.
LENT: VISUAL SYMBOLS OF WORSHIP
As you come through the lobby of Pennway, you will see our Lent display. A feature of this center piece is the use of stones. Stones are a Lenten symbol representing desolation and misery. They also represent temptation in this season of fasting and temperance. Scripture tells of Jesus’ 40-day sojourn in the wilderness where He was tempted by the devil. Indeed, the devil used stones to tempt Jesus at his most physically weak point, saying, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matt. 4:3, NIV) As we participate in Lent, identifying with the sufferings of Jesus, we must be wary. If Jesus was tempted, we can be sure that our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) In response to the stones of temptation, let us pray for strength and grace so that we may hold fast to our commitments during Lent.