The Season of Lent is Upon Us
The Easter Season is my favorite time of year. It isn’t as commercialized as Christmas, but that isn’t the reason I love Easter. The reason is, it is the culmination of why God sent His Son. The ultimate act of love – God’s great desire to be in a covenant relationship with us. For every single person, God would have us to say “yes” I accept your offer, and because Jesus gave up His life for me, gave me a way through the sin God can’t look upon – took that sin on Himself, I’m willing to dedicate my life to You.
The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday (February 10 this year). If you look on your calendar, chances are you wont even see an acknowledgement of Ash Wednesday. But it’s so important to us Christians, it is the beginning of Lent, a sober time of fasting and penance, a time of reflection on how we are living up to our part of the covenant relationship we’re in with God, what He did for us, how ugly our sin actually is and how beautiful Jesus’ sacrifice was.
We sometimes try to lighten the ugliness of our sin by saying someone else’s sin is worse. The truth is that every sin is abhorrent to God, no matter how we try to lighten it up, so just between you and God, between me and God, let’s not white wash our sin with that, “I’m doing the best I can, I’m a good person” nonsense. It is only through the blood of Jesus we get washed clean as we repent, that’s why being good and doing good isn’t enough. The only thing we can do is repent and repent again.
Lent means newness. New opportunities, new life, new goals. It’s really the “do-over” season when we wake up from our slumber and meet God full on in our desire to live out our salvation clothed in the righteous clothing called Christ.
Romans 13:14 (NIV), “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Lent is about other clothes we should wear under the cloak of Christ as well:
Colossians 3:11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
The Season of Lent is approaching, let us dress ourselves properly as we prepare for Easter.