Lent is on.. What exactly is Lent? I grew up in a denomination where Lent was ‘required’ for lack of a better word. I remember Lent being a time we gave up something we liked most.. watching TV, eating chocolate, talking on the phone. Like a sacrifice of sorts. Though as I grew up it wasn’t really ever connected to what the Savior gave up for us when He gave up His life. I remember there being those who gave up wearing things, or eating certain things, or watching their mouths, but as I remember they were typically things that were unhealthy for them anyhow.
As a mom now, I don’t push ‘giving up’ something on the kids to celebrate Lent. We are in a non-denominational setting now where it isn’t emphasized as much for one, and secondly I just have strong feelings about it after looking back as a kid.
I can’t give up anything for a 40 day period that will come remotely close to Jesus giving up what he did in the dessert for 40 days. Rather than focus on what I can give up, I prefer to focus on what I can add in. What can I do to give to God more this season of Lent? Can I add in morning devotions before the children arise? Can I add in committed tithing for the 40 days? Can I keep a prayer journal and purpose to pray for each thing daily for 40 days? These kind of commitments mean so much more to my personal walk than giving up chocolate or text messaging.
During this season I want to share some scripture with you, for a couple different versions of the Word. I have the opportunity to give a Common English Bible away weekly and I do not want to miss that opportunity to bless someone!
Let’s look at Jesus as he predicts his death in Mark 10:32-34
First in Common English Bible
“Jesus and his disciples were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, with Jesus in the lead. The disciples were amazed while the others following behind were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he told them what was about to happen to him. “Look!” he said. “We are going up to Jerusalem. The Human one (or Son of Man) will be handed over to the chief priests and legal experts. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles. They will ridicule him, spit on him, torture him, and kill him. After three days, he will rise up. “
New International Version
“They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. ‘We are going up to Jerusalem’, he said ‘and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise’. “
New King James Version
“Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. The He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:
‘Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will b betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again’
I for one love having various translations of the Word, as I probably am not going to be studying Hebrew and Greek anytime soon. I can't read the original Word, only the translations. I do however believe that the Holy Spirit can bring to light through any of these translations His true and perfect word.
Do you enjoy having different translations? Do you typically prefer one over another?
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