Lent Stories Day 39: The passion

The Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2017 is raising money to support refugees at home and abroad. Throughout Lent we are featuring forty stories of Christians in our diocese who are motivated by their faith to live differently, for the common good.

Krissy Elliott is a pagan, but a recent encounter with God has left her feeling “amazing”, prompting her to revisit the Easter story and contemplate Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross with new understanding. Here she muses on what her next steps might be and what this encounter means for her own personal journey of faith.

Bible Reading

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:16-17

Reflection

Over these forty days of Lent we’ve been hearing people tell their story.  All these stories have their effect on us; they catch our interest, they move us, perhaps they even change our lives and affect our own story.

What happens when God tells his own story?  It’s a story of life and death, of suffering and passion, of love that never ends.  It’s a story that culminates in Jesus – his life, his death on the cross in passion for the world, and his bursting out of the grave in new life.  All the other stories that we’ve heard are part of the big story – each of us lives within the life that Jesus has given us, and his story is the one which changes our lives for ever.

John’s Gospel reminds us that the story of Jesus is a story for the whole world – for everyone, not just for the religious, or in our terms, not just for Christians. Krissy shows us just how powerful it is when people hear about the death and resurrection of Jesus – it makes a huge impact and connects them to God in a new way.  It’s a story that changes lives, one which only needs to be told in order for God to be at work.  And each of us has a story of what that means to us, in our own life – let’s be encouraged to tell that story and see God at work in his world.

Actions

  1. Donate to the Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2017 in support of refugees in Somerset and in Greece.  Donate online or text BISH17 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 e.g. text BISH17 £10 to donate £10.

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