Pastor's Message for March, 2014

    Jesus was all of 12 years old. He had gone to Jerusalem with His parents to celebrate the Passover, and while there they became separated. They eventually found him in the Temple, and when they expressed their concern, He said to them. "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 2: 49, NKJV) Even at that young age, Jesus knew that God had commissioned Him to accomplish certain tasks on this earth.

    At the age of 30 His public ministry began with his Baptism in the waters of the Jordan River. In preparation to "be about [His] Father's business," "Jesus, full of Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for 40 days He was tempted by the devil." (Luke 4: 1-2a)

    Our season of Lent commemorates those 40 days of temptation in preparation for His work on earth. It begins with Ash Wednesday (March 5) and runs through Easter Eve (April 19) - the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In some traditions it is called Holy Saturday. The 40 days do not include the Sundays in Lent, for each Sunday is a day of celebration, a mini-Easter, on which we remember the Good News of Jesus Christ: that He died for our sins, was resurrected so that death would not defeat those who believe in Him, and lives forever with the Father so that we also might experience eternal life in His presence. 

    The traditional purpose of Lent is our preparation through prayer, penance, repentance, sacrificial giving, and self-denial to be about the work God has commissioned us to accomplish on this earth: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28: 18-20a)

    Jesus was only 33 years old when He was crucified on Calvary's cross. Old to some of us, and young to others. But it is these commissioning words, spoken shortly after, that shape the lives of all who profess faith in Jesus Christ, For it is these words that define for us that task which we are called to accomplish on this earth - the reason the Christian church - and Mingo Church - exists today: to tell the world the Good News of Jesus Christ. Unless, of course, you don't really believe that "Christ's Commission is our Mission"

    Hopefully, you're already spreading the Good News. If you aren't, why not take these 40 days of Lent to prepare yourself to "be about [Your] Father's business"?

Pastor Glenn