Key Verse: “And who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 1:4
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Lent is traditionally a 40-day fast — a reference to the time Jesus spent being tempted in the desert — that seeks to prepare the heart of the believer for the solemn remembrance of Jesus’ death. It concludes and is followed by a joyous Easter Sunday celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
For me, the Lenten season is a time to focus on the reality of where we are heading and understand the truth of where we were going. This is not only a time to think about Christ’s death, but each of our own deaths. All of our hope was ashes until Jesus. All of our future was hell until the empty tomb. But because of Christ’s sacrifice, all of our sins have been removed as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12).
When we participate in focusing our hearts on the cross, we can step into the season of Easter in its entirety. It takes discipline to slow down and center our thoughts on the weight of death. It is not a fun topic, but it is important. Ash Wednesday is the springboard to the time of fasting in Lent.
Prayer: Abba, Father, thank you for sending your son as a sacrifice for our sins. That incredible act of love and mercy provides each one of us with the blessed hope of eternity with you.