“Flee to Him”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Martin Luther once said, “When you feel in your conscience that you are guilty, be very, very careful not to contend with God or men to defend or excuse your sin. Rather do this: When God points His spear at you, do not flee from Him; on the contrary, flee to Him with a humble confession of guilt and a plea for pardon. Then God will draw back His spear and spare you. However, the farther you try to flee from God by the denial or excuse of your sin, the closer and more hostile God will follow and press you. Therefore, nothing is better and safer than to come before God with a confession of guilt; for so it comes to pass that while God conquers us, we also conquer through Him.” (W 42, 205 – E op ex 2, 12-SL 1, 339)
During the 40 days of Lent we are continuously reminded that there is room at the foot of the cross for every sinner that repents and comes to the Lord Jesus with faith. It is because of His great love for us, that we know we are saved from condemnation and judgement, since His banner of us, is love. We will be looking at our Midweek Worship Services at the premise of Isaiah 53:5 “by His wounds we are healed.”
The innocent Son of God had no sins of his own for which he deserved to die, yet his enemies falsely accused him of violating every commandment of God. In each service in this series, we will see that it was our sin, our disobedience that Jesus bore in his body on the cross. The Lord laid on him “the iniquity of us all.” Jesus suffered the penalty of death in our place, and “by his wounds we are healed.”
Ash Wednesday – Blasphemy – John 10:31-39
Jesus is accused of blasphemy and misusing God’s name.
Week 1 – Violating the Sabbath – Luke 6:6-11
Jesus is accused of violating the Sabbath.
Week 2 – Dishonoring Authority – John 19:12-16
Jesus is accused of dishonoring authority, calling himself a king.
Week 3 – Murder – John 11:47-53
Jesus is accused of inspiring rebellion and the destruction of Israel; he is accused of being in league with Satan, who is “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44).
Week 4 – Associating with Tax Collectors and Prostitutes – Mark 2:13-17
Jesus is accused of associating with tax collectors and prostitutes.
Week 5 – Stealing – Luke 23:1-5
Jesus is accused of forbidding the paying of taxes.
I hope that you make every effort to attend our Midweek Worship Services during Lent, we are having dinners at 6pm and worship at 7pm. Have a blessed Lenten Journey which culminates with the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In His Service,
Pastor Ryan Honeycutt