The Fourth Sunday IN Lent

Matthew 26:18  He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'”

Today we have moved our clocks one hour forward.  If you did not change your clock there is a good chance you were either late for Discipleship classes or for Worship.  It will take some of us a few days to adjust to this change.  Many of us are creatures of rhythm and habit.  When our schedule gets changed on us it produce a bit of stress and intentional adaptation.

I understand the reason for creating daylight savings time had to do and probably still does with economics.  It is an artificial tool of time control.  May of us think we have lost an hour.  We have lost nothing.  Time is still what it is, a creation of God that was put in place to give creation a sense of reference.  It is one of those witness that has been written on our hearts.  It reminds us of our movement, a lives, our moving from our beginning to our end.

Psalm 39:4   “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.

As the journey of Lent continues, we are moving toward a goal.  How will that goal be defined?  Do we see it as the end or the beginning.  The journey in the measurement of time has passed the half way point.  Jesus is getting closer and closer to the cross, to the darkness and the physical suffering.  How can he carry this burden?  Jesus has faith in the will of God.  Jesus knows what is coming.

As Lent moves us toward Good Friday, do we understand what Jesus is doing?  Do we comprehend He is doing this for us?  He moves toward the end to provide a new beginning.  It is not a new beginning for Jesus for he is forever before  the beginning and He has no end.  Jesus, incarnated God, God and man is moving toward a time of His will.  A time that is given to us to move us forward in time.  Not an artificial move, not just an hour change, but to move us into the Kingdom of God in which time no longer has meaning, no power, no influence over us.

How do you see the future?  Are you ready for the change that will come?  When the final hour strikes will it be the end or a new beginning for you?  The answer is only found in faith.  The answer is only known in grace.  The answer is offered in love.