Lent invites us to align ourselves more closely with the life and call of Jesus, and confess and repent of those areas in which we fall short. However, the Sundays that fall in the middle of this season traditionally are exempt from these more sober reflections. Instead, they are celebrated as “mini-Easters”—appetizers, if you will, of the resurrection hope toward which Jesus’ resurrection points us.
Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” (Is. 2:3, NIV)
Think back over the different meditations you’ve done this week. What transformation have you been invited to? Now think about the body of believers at your church. What if each person were to be transformed according to the challenges Jesus is putting forth? What would your church look like? Now, stretch even further: Think about the body of believers around the world. What would the world look like if every Christian willingly let the Holy Spirit transform him or her to resemble Jesus in the ways we’ve considered this week? How different would the world be?
Read Isaiah 2:2-5 slowly and prayerfully. Try to picture the scenes and events in your mind’s eye. Try to feel it with your heart. Read it several times to allow the pictures and feelings to crystallize for you. What longings are stirred? What gives you hope? How can this vision encourage you as you continue your Lenten Journey with Jesus? Pray about what you are seeing, thinking, and feeling. And give God thanks that one day this is in fact how it will be.
In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, O house of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.