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Wednesday, February 13
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Thursday, February 14
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is 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 ahead of me because he was before me.’ (John 1:29-30)
Friday, February 15
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37)
Saturday, February 16
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." (John 1:43-45)
Sunday, February 17
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. (Corinthians 1:26-29)
Monday, February 18
Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15)
Tuesday, February 19
Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope. (Hebrews 3:5-6)
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All the Scripture passages this week tell us to look to Jesus. Not easy to do at any time--so much can distract us--but perhaps especially difficult during Lent. Because it was during Lent that his disciples averted their eyes from him: they could not bear to see him set this face towards Jerusalem. They could not bear to see him--arrested, beaten, humiliated, suffering, dying in agony.
But Lent is the season when we must look to Jesus. Because it’s only when we see his sacrifice that we can see his glory. John’s Gospel directs us to lift our eyes upwards to Jesus on the cross. Because as difficult as it is to look there--to see what we did to him and what he suffered--it is only there that we can see the God’s love for his creation. Look!: the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.