Lenten service 2013

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Lenten service 2013

  1. 1. LENTEN SERVICELady Doak College, Madurai 28th Feb. 2013
  2. 2. CONSIDER JESUS AND PUT ON CHRIST HB.12:3 ; ROM. 13:14 Bible Lesson Matt.4:1-112/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 2
  3. 3. What is it ? Why 40 days ? Should it be remembered ? LENT IN PERSPECTIVE2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 3
  4. 4. What is LENT ?.... In a nutshell• Originated in A.D 313 with legalization of Christianity• ‘Lent’ derived from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten – Meaning : Springtide / March• Time of prayer, penance, sacrifice , good works in preparation for Easter celebration• Special spiritual exercises emphasized• Period of SIX weeks starting from Ash Wednesday• Practices varied in different sections of the Church2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 4
  5. 5. Why 40 days, significant number?• Remembrance of the 40 days and 40 nights Lord Jesus fasted prior to His public ministry• Moses fasted 40 days and 40 nights on Mt.Sinai before receiving God’s LAW• Elijah, the PROPHET fasted for 40 days and 40 nights walking to Mt.Horeb / Mt.Sinai• Moses and Elijah appeared on the Mt.Tabor of transfiguration to strengthen Jesus2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 5
  6. 6. Why to remember these signs ?• Gen 9: 13-15 Rainbow : God remembered His covenant to Noah/ humankind• Exo. 12 :14 Passover : Israelites remember• Josh 4 : 20-22 12 stones at Gilgal : Parting of Jordan• Lk 22: 19 Last Supper :Jesus asked disciples to remember His sacrifice• I Cor 11: 24,25 Eucharist : NT church remembers• Book of Revelation Book of remembrance mentioned2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 6
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  8. 8. Jesus in the wilderness• Matt. 4:1-11 Jesus defeated Satan in the TESTS ( not temptations)• Adam and Eve lost in the garden… Jesus won in the desert• Israel lost 40 years in the desert … Jesus won in 40 days – Prayer and fasting …. Focusing on God – Same victory can be achieved by any believer in Jesus Christ• Tests came in THREE realms…. Body, soul , spirit• Jesus came out victorious in all of them2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 8
  9. 9. Joining Jesus in the wilderness• Body realm…. Level 1 Physical test …. Biological need• Soul Realm ….. Level 2 Publicity test….. Emotional / Social need• Spirit Realm … Level 3 Power test …. Spiritual need2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 9
  10. 10. Body realm…. Level 1 Physical test …. Biological need• V.3 Challenge to God’s declaration … Mat.3:17 – V.2 Physical need used as Satan’s weapon Gen. 3:1• V.4 Jesus wielded the sword of the spirit …….WORD of God to defeat the enemy Deut 8:3 – Realign priorities of physical need in tune with the Scriptures – Fight the good fight of Faith using the Word Eph. 6:17 – Use this season of Lent to meditate and memorize the Word more Psa.119: 112/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 10
  11. 11. Soul Realm ….. Level 2Publicity test….. Social / emotional need• V.5 Same challenge as in v.3• Mind, will and emotions dragged in – Gen.3:5,6 The Great Fall from God’s presence …. rebellion• Jesus taken to the Jerusalem temple’s pinnacle• V. 6 Scripture partially quoted by Satan…. show off – Publicity test / acceptance by Jewish leaders and people who lived there• v.7 Jesus said SUBMIT to God and won – Israelites sin of insubordination to God’s Word – I Pet.5:6,7 Stay put under the mighty hand of God and be exalted2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 11
  12. 12. Spirit Realm … Level 3 Power test• v.8 Satan camouflages as a ‘promoter’ .. compromise• v.9 Short cut route to redemption … ‘no cross’…. ‘joint venture’ with the Devil put forth – We need NOT collaborate with Satanic agents at any point – The ultimate authority lies only with God• v.10 Jesus drove the Devil away …. Said WORSHIP the Lord God …. Deut 6:13,14 – ‘you shall not have any other gods besides the LORD’ .2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c .Exo. 20.3 12
  13. 13. vs s ge stio n utta l s su g reb Devil’ Je sus2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 13
  14. 14. ‘Jesus is the only way’ Resist the Devil and he will run away II Cor.5:6 Jas 4:7 I Pet 5:8,92/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 14
  15. 15. Do away with the Devil• James 4: 7 – Submit to God – Resist the Devil – Speak out your faith using the Word of God• I Pet. 5 :8,9 – Be strong in faith in Christ – Be vigilant – Resist the Devil• The Devil will flee away from the believer in Christ – We walk by faith and NOT by sight II Cor. 5:62/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 15
  16. 16. Final Word for us His children• Devil asked Eve ….. ‘Has God TOLD you ?’ – Uncertainty in the Word Told• Jesus spoke the WRITTEN WORD and won• We have with us , the WORD made FLESH, His Written Word and The inner Witness of the Holy Spirit … ‘the resident teacher’2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 16
  17. 17. To introspect….. To act• Have I already started my walk with Jesus ?• Am I walking in His Way everyday ?• Am I prepared to use the season of Lent to walk closely with Jesus Christ ?• Will I walk in Him till I meet Him in glory ?2/28/2013 kalaneethy.c 17
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