Ash Wednesday kicked off the season of Lent for the Christian world. Lent is a forty day period of preparation leading up to the glorious resurrection of Easter Sunday. It is a time of reflection and a time of drawing closer to Christ. Some years I give up something like chocolate or coffee during Lent. During other years I take on a new discipline, like daily Lenten readings.
The season of Lent feels dark and desolate. Lent usually occurs during the late winter months, when the earth is still barren, and void of life. The time seems gloomier as I remember that my sins nailed Christ to the cross on Good Friday. He bore the weight of my sins and died for me.
Romans 5:8 (ESV) “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Just as Lent starts to overwhelm my soul, I begin to look beyond the cross to the empty tomb. The world seems to rejoice with the approaching resurrection. The earth offers forth the first signs of spring. Brightly colored pink and purple flowers awake from their winter slumber. Easter morning will arrive soon, and the gloominess will be gone.
John 3:16 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal
On Easter morning, the bells will ring, and the congregations will shout loud hallelujahs, Christ is risen! My soul awaits this glorious new season. We will celebrate the resurrected Christ by adorning ourselves with colorful Easter bonnets and brand-new Easter clothes. Daffodils and lilies placed around the church will reflect the new life in Christ. Easter baskets filled with goodies remind the children of Christ goodness as He provides for our needs.
John 11:25 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Easter is coming. Prepare your heart to celebrate Christ’s victory of death. Throw off winter’s darkness and step into the light of Christ as spring approaches. Celebrate the risen Christ.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for making all things new. Thank you for conquering death with the resurrection of Jesus and offering us eternal life through Him. May your light shine through us each day as we are your hands and feet to your world. To the glory of your name, Amen.