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                                                      March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb.

        We have all heard this old adage. The blustery March weather giving way to spring in the month of April. This year Lent ends on Holy Saturday which is March 31st and we wake up to Easter on April 1st. It makes the end of Lent and the resurrection of Easter dramatically portrayed by nature. As Christians going through the Lenten time of preparation through confession and repentance what is it we should be looking at in ourselves since last Easter?

      Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking
for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. (1 Peter. 5:8-9)


     Here in this letter of Peter’s we are asked to begin a disciplined life watching out for that “roaring lion”. The devil tends to have a loud voice not as in shouting but as being more persistent and speaking over those who would bring the great gospel news to us. This roaring lion is as Shakespeare says in Macbeth “An idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing.” The devil brings heartbreak, despair, hopelessness and idolatry. All sins which keep us from hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ which is full of hope, trust and confidence in the promises of God through the Cross of Christ.

      3 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. (Luke. 4:13)

     The devil always lingers looking for an opportune time to come between us and our salvation obtained by Jesus on the cross. The Holy Spirit received in baptism needs to become the louder voice to our listening ears.


     For though absent in body, I [Paul] am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians. 5:3-8)


    Lent is the time to get rid of the old yeast in our lives this message from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church reminds us. In the waters of baptism, the yeast was washed but how we live our lives shows how much of the yeast we allowed to remain clinging to our feet. St. Paul tells us our old yeast is one of malice and evil. The unleavened bread of sincerity and truth is waiting for us. We can compare

it to the manna from heaven God provided the Israelites during their 40-year wandering. Manna the bread of not just physical but spiritual nourishment for it is provided by God when needed as the Israelites learned and our spiritual food in the communion meal-the body of Christ.

    So let us all consider our relationship with God and Jesus in the month of March and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in renewing a right relationship with our Creator and Redeemer within each of us. In this way we will be able to allow Christ to defeat the roaring lion within each of us so we are ready to receive the “Lamb of God who has taken away the sins of not

just the world but to remind us we are part of the world from which sin, death and the devil (as Luther puts it) has been conquered in the Cross on that Good Friday so long ago on Calvary not just for the first century world but for us today and

for the generations to come after us.


   Let us wash the last of the yeast from our feet in preparation for Easter.

   Pastor Flavia













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