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Monthly Message

LENT

No figure in history has had more written about them than Jesus Christ. You could probably fill the Benjamin Hooks Central Library 10 times over with material devoted exclusively to Jesus Christ - amazing when you consider it. Now...think about this: The basis for all the material written about Jesus Christ, the primary resource, amounts to four Gospels totaling a mere 89 chapters, a little more than 200 pages in my Bible. If you eliminate all the commentary and footnotes, it could be condensed even further, probably by an additional third. The daily paper contains more words than the most influential book written about history’s most influential figure.

It might sound odd but the gospels, especially Mark’s, are the forerunners to Twitter and Facebook. In a quick amount of time, with a succinct economy of words, the central message is conveyed, and in all of the gospels the central message is the Passion of Christ. Out of a total of 89 chapters, no less than fifty focus on the events of Holy Week. What does this tell us?

It tells us, in no uncertain circumstances, that God loved the world so much that He sent His only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life. It is nothing less than a miraculous working of the Holy Spirit, that the message of the cross and resurrection are so prominently featured despite the diversity of the writers. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were as different from each other as one could imagine. In age, education, work experience, cultural upbringing, and worldly perspective, the only single thing shared by them is they communicated, as of first importance, the message of mankind’s redemption through Jesus.

St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Paul, like Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, knew a whole lot more than Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and yet the message of the cross was able to supplant all the other information and knowledge in their lives and become the foundation, the epicenter. How about you?

You lead a busy life, with lots of demands. You have a family and friends. You have goals and aspirations, along with hobbies and other interests. You’re well-educated and have many experiences. Were you to write a book about your life, what would you write? Would Jesus Christ be front and center, would you devote a chapter to Him, would you even mention Him? Remember...there’s a book with your name in it; it’s called the Book of Life and Jesus is the author. He wrote your name in that book. One day He’ll open it and call your name at the heavenly roll call. The rest of your life is your opportunity to write something in response.

A blessed Lent to you and your family.

Pastor Mark

Posted by Monthly Message at 6:00 AM

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