4th Sunday in Lent or The Color Purple

Someone was telling me about a conversation they had with an Elementary School student about Jesus. After telling this kid the Gospel story, she pondered for a moment and then asked… “why would someone die for me?”

Good question, kid. That’s a good question for all of us to ask, especially during Lent.

We use the color purple in our liturgical planning to denote royalty. He’s the creator-yet-born / Lord-yet-servant / everything-yet-nothing. He is our royal, majestic, loving King.

We use the lenten season to mimic the sacrifice of Jesus.

We use Easter to celebrate new life. We even use it as an event to point those to who don’t know toward a Savior, hoping that the Holy Spirit will convice people of His Kingship and thier brokenness.

But the bottom line is that someone died. For me. For you. For all. Even with a logical understanding of this, I still ask with the curiosity of a kid — why?

Psalm 32:1 (from this year’s liturgical calendar for March 18) says “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”

About radamdavidson

I'm a husband, dad, and pastor living in Portage, Michigan. I suppose I'm a euphoric melancholy generalist with average skills, experiences, and passions across several intertwined disciplines and hobbies including music, speaking, writing, leadership, ministry, and collecting cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at www.radamdavidson.com, subscribe to my podcast (RadCast) or friend me on facebook.com/radamdavidson. about.me/radamdavidson
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