“He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:2-3
The spiritual Life is a journey. This truth is clearly seen in the season of Lent. The six weeks prior to Easter Sunday mirrors Jesus’ 40 day journey through the wilderness which itself is a reflection of the Israelites’ 40 years of wandering through the wilderness before entering the promised land.
Every journey has a rhythm and a certain sound that moves through it. There are certain melodies and movements which carry us along the seasons of life. It is easy to identify the sounds and songs of Christmas, and I am sure we could call to mind a few Easter hymns. Lent also has a soundtrack. There is a melody that leads us to the cross. You have heard these songs in Sunday morning worship throughout the last several weeks. In this week’s devotional we’ve referenced the songs of this season. Now we stand on the doorstep of Holy Week.
In Luke chapter 9, after twice predicting his death, the gospel says that Jesus realized his time on earth was nearly complete. And so he set his face toward Jerusalem.
Friends, my prayer for us all as we continue on this Lenten journey is that we too would set our faces to Jerusalem. That we would set our eyes on Christ’s own path, take up our crosses, and follow him. May we enter into this weekend comforted, challenged, and called by the lyrics of lent. And with a renewed strength may we enter Holy Week ready to love and serve the Lord. Amen.