Pastoral Letter

But deliver us from evil. ~ Matthew 6:13 (the Lord’s Prayer)

Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. ~ John 1:29

Dear Zion,

Why would Jesus die? Each year, the worship of Lent poses that question anew and leads us into its joyful answer. In short, Jesus suffered the death of sinners to bring creation into the good life of God.

This Lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14), the preaching at Zion will set forth this blessed answer in two separate sermon series:

Deliver Us: Christ Overcomes Evil (Sunday/Saturday)

Is the devil real? Indeed, he is—but what’s the devil, compared to God? His holy Word strips the devil of his disguises and teaches us to trust in Christ alone.

Lamb of God: Did He Forgive All Sin? (Wednesday)

God once commanded Israel to sacrifice lambs for sin, but now His Son has put away sin forever. As we walk with this Lamb through the events of His Passion, from His “last supper” to His burial, we see Him bearing all sin, and finally bearing it away.

It’s simple, really: a bit from the Lord’s Prayer (deliver us), a name for Jesus (Lamb), all of it combined with the traditional readings for Sundays and Wednesdays in Lent. But from God’s simple gifts comes wisdom and strength.

It’s all for you! While many things are against Christ, Christ is never against you—in your flesh at Bethlehem, in your grave at Jerusalem, and now in your hands at the altar. Come and get it!

Peace! Pastor Gjerde