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Weekly Moravian Message February 14, 2016

First Sunday in Lent February 14, 2016

Jesus, the one we can trust

Lent, the season to prepare to draw nearer to Christ, begins with this familiar story: “Jesus . . . was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where . . . he was tempted by the devil.” Can we hear this again, with fresh ears?

Spirit-led, yet tempted, by no less than a Scripture-quoting Satan! So much for thinking that being led by the Spirit will make for a peril-free journey for anyone! And what temptation is offered?

To One who is starving: Bread

For One who understands his purpose is to make an eternal difference: Authority

To One about to begin his ministry and mission: Proof of God’s favor and Denial of his own vulnerability

Now none of the things with which Jesus is tempted is bad, in and of itself. Having enough to eat, being comfortable with personal authority, and wanting evidence of God’s favor are reasonably good things. But Jesus rejects all that Satan offers him, because it is Satan who offers. For Jesus, the cost is too high.

Instead, he becomes for us
Living Bread,
All Authority,
Proof of God’s favor and Guarantor of our salvation.

The Christ we are invited to follow more closely in this season is willing to be vulnerable and unpopular. He is willing to be hungry in order to bring us to himself. Jesus is the one we can trust to understand and help us in our own hungers and temptations.

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:7b–8).

Beloved, be welcomed into the holiness of Lent.

Vicki Jens-Page, pastor, Morongo Moravian Church, Banning, California

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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