Lent Visual Symbols Week 5
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.
This week, we will remember the death of Christ with stalks of wheat. The Apostle John quotes Jesus Christ in chapter 12: “… unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (v. 24) Here Jesus uses wheat to explain God’s salvation plan. Jesus, the Son of God, is the single seed whose death has produced many more sons and daughters of God. We also are kernels of wheat, called to die to our selfish desires, to lay down our lives for the kingdom of God, in order that more and more people will come to salvation.