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Lent Day 30: The Fast

by dardenne

“Gracious God, we praise you that you know what it is like to be tempted in every way, as we are. Thank you for showing us how to resist temptation.”
Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV)

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,[…]

Lent Day 29: The Lamb

by dardenne

“Jesus is the Lamb that God provided to take away all sins.”
John 1:29-34 (ESV)

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it […]

Lent Day 28: The Mourning

by dardenne

“As the Spirit fills us with grace, we mourn over Christ’s death because we know that “he was wounded for our transgressions.””
Zechariah 12:10-14 (ESV)

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land […]

Lent Day 27: The Coming King

by dardenne

“He won the ultimate victory for his treacherous people by submitting himself to their violence — our violence — confirming our guilt and achieving our forgiveness in one decisive victory.”
Coming King
Zechariah 9:9-10 (ESV)

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he, […]

Lent Day 26: The Treasure of the Nations

by dardenne

“When your world shakes, are you shaken with it, or are you unshakable in spite of it?”

Haggai 2:6-9 (ESV)

For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord of hosts. “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,” declares the Lord of hosts. “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “And in this place I will give peace,” declares the Lord of hosts.[…]

Lent Day 25: The Good Shepherd

by dardenne

“It is Jesus who lays down his life for his sheep so that we might have peace with God and one another.”

Ezekiel 34:23-31 (ESV)

“And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places all around my […]

Lent Day 24: The Branch

by dardenne

“Jesus is the righteous Branch who offers us his righteousness so that we never fear being rejected by God.”
BranchJeremiah 33:14-18 (ESV)

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall […]

Lent Day 23: The Spirit

by dardenne

“Help me to see more of the fullness of what Christ has accomplished so that I might place my hope in him.”
SpiritIsaiah 61:1-3 (ESV)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,[…]

Lent Day 22: The Waters

by dardenne

“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
WaterIsaiah 55:1-7 (ESV)

Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat![…]

Lent Day 21: The Suffering Servant

by dardenne

“He experienced sorrow and grief in a way that we ourselves could never have endured. He was punished for sin, though he himself never sinned.”
SufferingIsaiah 53:1-6 (ESV)

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;[…]