“Discipleship is a journey, and for this little one that journey begins in the arms of Jesus and his church.” You may have noticed that when an infant is baptized. I introduce that child to the church with this phrase. The Christian life is a relational journey of discovering the depth of God’s love, hope, and joy. If your relationship with Jesus feels stuck or stagnant, it might be because you have lost a sense of the journey.
Through the centuries, the church has used the liturgical calendar to prepare hearts for the journey of experiencing God. This journey includes surprises and disappointments, encouragements and difficulties, provision and suffering. Every church can benefit by encouraging multiple paths of forming people for experiencing the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
The Christian life is a relational journey of discovering the depth of God’s love, hope, and joy.
I would like to commend one path of preparation this year. The theme for our Holy Week sermons will be “Our Suffering Servant King,” taken from Isaiah 53. On Palm Sunday, April 14, we will look at Isaiah 53:1-4 “The Life of Our Suffering Servant King.” On Good Friday, April 19, we will look at Isaiah 53:5-9 “The Death of Our Suffering Servant King.” And on Easter Sunday, April 21, we will look at Isaiah 53:10-12 “The Resurrection of Our Suffering Servant King.”
You are invited to prepare your hearts to experience God in a deeper way by reading daily in the book of Isaiah, chapters 1-53. This prophetic book is often referred to as the “Gospel of Isaiah” because of the vivid prophetic pictures that are painted of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Messiah. Each day, beginning March 6 and continuing through April 18, you can read of the prophetic expectation of the coming King and explanation of the kind of King he is. Chapters 1-39 speak of the Messiah as King and Conqueror in the work he would accomplish, and Chapters 40-55 speak of the Messiah’s person as Suffering Servant. Let me encourage you to read these chapters asking these simple questions:
- How does this passage speak of Messiah’s work as King and Conqueror?
- How does this passage speak of Messiah’s person of Suffering Servant?
- What expectation and experience should my heart have in response to the work and person of my Savior?
2019 Lenten Reading Guide
Begin your reading on March 6 with Isaiah 1. Note that some days require reading two chapters in order to finish the readings by Good Friday, April 19.
|March 6||Isaiah 1||April 1||Isaiah 34|
|March 7||Isaiah 2-3||April 2||Isaiah 35|
|March 8||Isaiah 4||April 3||Isaiah 36|
|March 9||Isaiah 5||April 4||Isaiah 37-38|
|March 10||Isaiah 6||April 5||Isaiah 39|
|March 11||Isaiah 7-8||April 6||Isaiah 40|
|March 12||Isaiah 9||April 7||Isaiah 41|
|March 13||Isaiah 10||April 8||Isaiah 42-43|
|March 14||Isaiah 11||April 9||Isaiah 44|
|March 15||Isaiah 12-13||April 10||Isaiah 45|
|March 16||Isaiah 14||April 11||Isaiah 46|
|March 17||Isaiah 15||April 12||Isaiah 47|
|March 18||Isaiah 16||April 13||Isaiah 48|
|March 19||Isaiah 17-18||April 14||Isaiah 49|
|March 20||Isaiah 19||April 15||Isaiah 50|
|March 21||Isaiah 20||April 16||Isaiah 51|
|March 22||Isaiah 21||April 17||Isaiah 52|
|March 23||Isaiah 22-23||April 18||Isaiah 53|
|March 24||Isaiah 24|
|March 25||Isaiah 25|
|March 26||Isaiah 26|
|March 27||Isaiah 27-28|
|March 28||Isaiah 29|
|March 29||Isaiah 30|
|March 30||Isaiah 31|
|March 31||Isaiah 32-33|