A Note from Pastor Bill: Here We Are Again

We’re at a familiar place in the church year, the first Sunday in Lent. And so we hear from Scripture about the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Right after our Lord’s Baptism Mark tells us, “The Spirit immediately drove Jesus into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by the Satan. And He was with wild animals, and the angels were ministering to Him.”

Scripture leaves much for us to think about. Why would the Holy Spirit drive Jesus into this wilderness? How many temptations were there over the forty days? Did the wild animals try to hurt Him? What did the angels do to minister to Him?

So with all these questions did we forget Jesus was just baptized? Mark with his immediacies wants us to connect Jesus with fallen humanity. Mark wants us to see Jesus embodied, from the very beginning of the Gospel, Jesus Christ the Son of God is in our story. Jesus is living in the same world we live in. Jesus is totally identifying with what it means to be one of us, “bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh.” He is fully experiencing the rhythm of our human existence through baptism and temptation.

In the wilderness, all humanity is carried with Jesus as He begins to rewrite our story and reverse what the first Adam failed to do. Adam and Eve failed to avoid Satan’s temptation.

We know temptations will come. Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde said, “I can resist anything except temptation.” And since we believe in Jesus we can be certain the devil will be close by waiting for opportune times to bring temptations into our lives.

That’s the Lenten Journey. Where does it end? Please come and worship every Sunday or Monday evening and during Lent on Wednesdays either at 11 am or 7 pm. There is more God wants to tell us about His beloved Son.

Prayer for this week: “Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find You mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.” Amen.

…Pastor Bill