Fifth Sunday during Lent

Isaiah 30:18–26, Isaiah 61:10–11, 1 Corinthians 3:5–11, 1 Corinthians 11:23–26

We are the bridge between the past and the , with one foot in the past and one foot in the .

The past of glory was gone, a faded memory. Perhaps to some it was just an old tale that was from the crazy aunt. David and Solomon? Sure. Whatever you say, Auntie.

Into hearts that resided in darkness, Isaiah spoke and life. People who felt oppressed were promised the freedom of planting crops and harvesting them on their own behalf, not under the rule of foreigners. Not only that, Isaiah told them that they would turn their backs on their treasured idols. They were being told that the little gods that had protected them would be thrown away. That’s crazy!

Isaiah later talks about the earth and garden producing as they should, because God has provided salvation and blessed them. Not their idols. The promise of God’s blossoming in the hearts of people who had abandoned their God who had chosen them to bear his name.

Death to life. During this series of devotions, we haven’t spoken much on Lent, but with this last devotion for the Legacy series it seems appropriate. Lent comes from Old English and German, meaning spring. Spring comes at the end of Winter (the land almost “dead”, but waiting to come alive). Just like the Jews, who were in their “Winter”, so are we before our salvation.

and Apollos worked on ground that wasn’t yet “alive”. Yet, they planted the and watered it. Eventually, new growth in dead ground came alive and blossomed. While others were fighting over who they followed (, Apollos, or others), these coworkers in Christ looked ahead to see a crop that God emed them to see, even if they did not see it now.

Our bridge from to life and from past to is the of our . proclaims it best, “…as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s until he comes.” The past and . While we and the past, we must look to the of ourselves, our , our church, our , and the world.

1) What do you think the of this church should look like? What can you do to help that vision come to pass?

2) Often, we are blinded to our vision of the , and thus tear down the visions of others. What can you and we do to embrace the visions of others for the ?

3) ’s concluding statement covers both past and . How can ’s conclusion em and educate your vision and how to make it come to pass?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.