The Journey Through Lent
Lent, the 40 days before Easter, have begun.
For some, that doesn’t mean much, except noticing the appearance of fish sandwiches on fast food menus.
Lent. The journey of Christ’s life to the garden, the cross and the empty tomb.
Something causes me to stop and proceed carefully, to use this time for introspection.
“For Christ died for our sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18 NIV
The glorious “Alleluias” of Easter lie ahead, but first we must pause on the threshold of Lent to gaze in two directions–inward and upward. Inward at our our sin. Upward to see Jesus’ completed purpose, reconciling us to God.
Look inward at the impure fog of our soul. Look upward to see Him carry the cross of our sin.
Look inward at selfishness. Look upward to see him dying for us.
Look inward at the broken hopelessness at the end of life. Look upward to His resurrection hope over death.
During Lent, pause to look in both directions, inward and upward.
Self reflection exposes us before the Lord. It’s uncomfortable to see the dark side of our hearts, where pride and bitterness dwell. But in so doing, we will see the contrast of His perfect holiness.
The journey of Lent provides a way for us to stand before Him, blameless and pure.
But first you must cross the threshold. 40 days. One journey for all of us.
Will you join me?