The topic for the first Sunday of Lent is Mark 1:9-15.
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Mark has the shortest description of Jesus’s time in the wilderness, just these two verses. Matthew and Luke spent much more time detailing the temptations of Satan. The time in the wilderness starts Jesus on His path to His ministry and ultimately to the cross.
We recently started the season of Lent. Lent is a six-week period with 40 days (Sundays are excluded) of preparation leading up to Holy Week. Lent is a time that we may pledge to give up something or take up a new effort of service or a bible study. Last year, the congregation started the study of Philippians. When the pandemic began, our small group continued virtually so we could complete our study. What will this Lenten season bring?
Dear Lord, Guide us in this time of preparation. We remember Your time of trials in the wilderness.
Prayer Concern - for those searching for their purpose in this life that they may find God’s call for them.
Alternate verses can be Psalm 25:1-10, Genesis 9:8-17 or 1 Peter 3:18-22