The Cross: A Revelation of Christ’s Character

Submitted by Pam Jacobs • Here is a recap of the Women’s Lenten Morning. Prayerfully consider reading through the below program content and sharing it with your family and friends! Perhaps you can have a lenten morning in your own home inviting the special people in your life -or- take a day from your regular bible study to do something special! Make sure to include Starbucks, too!
 
Introduction
  • The purpose of Lent is to set aside a time for reflection on Jesus Christ, His suffering, His sacrifice, his death, burial and resurrection. It is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock.
  • Lent should awaken life in our mind, bodies and spirit. Just as spring awakens life in the earth, we too must be awakened and tune in with God to allow the indwelling Christ to do His will in our lives.
  • We are certain that in Jesus’ love for us, He lay down His life for us on the cross. We are also certain that Jesus was buried and rose again on the 3rd day. Our Christian beliefs rest on this event. The cross helps us to realize that Jesus was not just a man, but God Himself who came to save us…to give us salvation and eternal life.
  • But, what else can deepen the meaning and weight of the cross for us during this season of Lent? For through what God did for us on the cross, He was also speaking to us through his interactions and conversations on the way to the cross. This morning then, we will see the achievement of the cross as God revealing Himself through the character and actions of His son, Jesus Christ.
  • In small groups, we will read, reflect, and respond to assigned passages of scripture – looking for the attributes of Jesus and His promises to us – to help deepen our knowledge of who He is. This, in turn, will increase our trust in Him, learn how to take on His character, and live in the power of His Holy Spirit during lent and throughout the year.
 
Scripture
  • Isaiah 60:19 – The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.
  • James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
 
Multi-Media
  • Click here to watch a short video “Jesus Throughout the Bible”
 
Small Group Discussion Exercise
Here are the principles/promises and life application challenge questions that we came up with today. We filled out 4 index cards labeling each on the front with the passage/title and the principles/promises and on the back we wrote out the life application challenge questions. Use one card per week for the next 4 weeks of Lent as your daily devotion. Fill out your response to the questions or write out a prayer to help you apply it to your life.
  • Mark 1:40-45 Jesus heals a man with leprosy
    • Jesus is always there, hearing every prayer, faithful and true, walking by my side, in His love abide, all the day through. (Inspired by a line in a song!)
    • It is never too late, too small, or the wrong circumstance to ask Jesus for help.
    • Jesus will heal us in His time and how it is best for us.
  • Life application questions:
    • What answered prayer from yesterday will help me better to trust Jesus today and tomorrow?
    • How can I change my prayers and my life to be in His will and not my own?
  • Mark 5:21-34 Jesus heals a bleeding woman
    • If you come to Jesus in faith, He will hear us and touch us personally.
    • Jesus is the healer; come to Jesus with bold, childlike faith.
    • Jesus accepts any step of faith.
    • Jesus always heals spiritually; He is our comforter.
  • Life application questions:
    • In what ways can you come to Jesus – to realize He has lifted you from your sins and troubles – past, present, future – and carried them for you Himself?
    • Who can you tell that Jesus rewards those who earnestly seek Him?
  • Mark 2:1-5 Jesus heals a paralyzed man
    • Jesus loves us and forgives us even when we don’t ask for it, but show faith in Him by our own actions.
    • Do all you can to lead others to Christ.
  • Life application questions:
    • How can I understand that Jesus is not too busy to invite others to come to Him?
    • What needs to change in my attitude and action to bring others to Christ?
  • John 8:1-11 Jesus forgives an adulterous woman
    • Jesus is wise beyond our imagination and throughout our challenging circumstances.
    • Jesus is the only judge – it’s His role to judge and not ours.
  • Life application questions:
    • In what circumstances do you need to remember all that Jesus did to forgive you on the cross?
    • How quick are you to pass judgement on others when they are caught in sin?
 
Small Group Discussion Tool
  • Click here for the “5R’s – Digging Deeper” method that we used in our small group exercise today. It can be found in the Resources section on our new RRC leadership blog site.
 
Prayer
Here is a prayer written by Roy Lessin to know Jesus more fully

Lord, you are awesome and amazing. Thank you for the food, friends, and fellowship you have provided for us this morning. Thank you for gathering us here so that we will take our eyes off of ourselves and gaze them only upon you. We want to thank you for revealing yourself to us so we can not only know about You, but know you personally. What is even greater, You have told us that we are known by You. We ask that we will know You fully in our hearts and lives. May  we know You in your holiness, Your beauty, and Your glory. May we know you in your wonders and in your ways, in your power, and in your splendor, and in your might and in your majesty. May we know you personally and intimately. May we look to you as our father, depend on you as our friend, trust you as our provider, yield to you as our lord, and serve you as our king. May we rest in the assurance of your daily care. May we take on your character, live by your spirit, and demonstrate your loving qualities to those in need around us.Thank you for the privilege of knowing you and being known by you. Amen