This Lent, the lectionary bring’s us through God’s covenants in our OT lessons – beginning with Noah. We are reminded that though he doesn’t need us, our Lord loves us and will make sure sin doesn’t destroy his good creation. That’s why he make covenants with us. (Our catechism reminds us of this, too.)
The prophet Joel warns us the beginning of Lent that facing sin can be a veritable battle, nevertheless God’s invitation to repent remains.
As we conclude our exploration of the Life of Christ icon, we come to the central image, the pantokrator (Ruler of All). Our lessons (Psalm 93; Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; & John 18:33-37) remind us that – in following Jesus – that he has much to teach us, that he’s in control no matter the circumstance, and that he will spare no effort to rescue us from the destruction sin leaves in its wake.
As we walk the penitential path with Jesus this Lent, our lectionary readings help us compare and contrast Adam and Jesus so we might better appreciate the great salvation our Lord has worked out for all who believe.