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Lent is here. What a wonderful season! Literally, "lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for spring. Spring is the season when all of God's creation comes back to life from the death of winter. Easter is the day when we celebrate Christ's resurrection--His victory over sin which brings us back to life from the death that separates mankind from God. Lent is a season of penitence and preparation for the resurrection day. May you be filled with joy in your humility, and purpose in your preparation.

Many stories of Christ are shared during the Lenten season. For many, these stories are more memorable if they are attached to pictures. Several years ago my daughter and I prepared some pictures and stories to go along with Lent. Now she has a daughter of her own and we are sharing these pictures stories with her. We hope you enjoy them. If you would like to use any of the pictures that you see here, you can retrieve a zip file with larger .gif versions by using this link. For daily devotions, consider joining our pilgramage through The Cross Labyrinth. Join us on A Labyrinth Pilgrimage, A Pilgrim Journey to the Foot of the Cross.

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Ash Wednesday
The first Holy Day celebrated by the Christian church was Easter--the day of Christ's resurrection. Lent is a time to prepare for Easter, and Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.
Praying Hands

The season of Lent is forty days, not including Sundays. Christ fasted in the wilderness forty days after His baptism. It was a time of prayerful preparation for the years of ministry that lay ahead for Him.
Dove descending on Christ
Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. As Christ, the Son, came back out of the water, the Spirit descended and the Father spoke--the Trinity manifested in one event. (Matt. 3:16-17; Mark 1:10-11; Luke 3:21-22).
Bread of Heaven; stones of earth
While He was in the wilderness, Christ was tempted by the devil. The first temptation was turning stone to bread, for He was hungry. (Matt. 4:1-4; Luke 4:3-4)
Pinnacle of the Temple
The devil persisted, taking Christ to the highest place on the temple and "daring" Him to jump. After all, wouldn't God send the angels? Christ rejected this temptation, too. (Matt. 4:5-7; Luke 4:9-12)
KINGDOM and kingdoms
Still the devil tempted Christ. From the top of a high mountain, the devil offered Christ all the kingdoms of the world, but this time Christ sent the devil away. (Matt. 4:8-11) Christ healed the sick, aided the poor, and spread the good news of salvation.
Palm Branch
On Palm Sunday, one week before His resurrection, Christ rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. The crowds cheered Him. (Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 19:36-38; John 12:12-13)
Money tables overturned
It was the week of Passover, and Jerusalem was filled with people who had come to worship. At the temple, Christ overturned the tables of the money changers. (Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46)
Bread and wine
Thursday evening was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus and the Disciples shared the Lord's Supper. (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; John 13:2a)
Scales and wash basin
Christ was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane and was put to trial under both Jewish and Roman law. Although he could find no crime, the Roman governor Pilate sentenced Christ to die on a cross and "washed his hands" of the matter. (Matt. 27:24)
Cat o' nine tails
Before Christ was crucified, Pilate had Him flogged. The soldiers pressed a crown of thorns on His head and mocked Him. They spat on Him, and He was forced to carry His cross to Golgotha, the place of the skull. (Matt. 27:26-33; Mark 15:15-22)
Crosses
Christ was nailed to the cross on Good Friday and crucified between two thieves. There He suffered and He died. (Matt. 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:32-49; John 19:16b-37)
The tomb, closed and sealed
Christ was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea, who wrapped Christ's body in clean linen, placed Christ in the tomb, and rolled a stone over the entrance. The tomb was sealed, and guards were posted. (Matt. 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42)
He is Risen!
Christ remained in the tomb on Friday and Saturday. On the third day, Sunday, He arose, just as He said. (Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9)



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