Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” –John 11:25 NLT
The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Traditionally it is a forty-day fast, which represents the time Jesus spent in the desert being tempted.
On Ash Wednesday, some churches use ashes to mark the sign of the Cross on the forehead symbolizing our sinful nature and need for salvation. The ashes are burned palms left over from the previous year. Some people will also fast various foods or activities during the forty days of Lent.
There are many different ways to prepare for the resurrection of Christ. However, the Bible does not teach that we are required to observance Ash Wednesday or Lent. How we prepare for the observance of Easter Sunday is a personal choice. God gave us the ultimate sacrifice—His Son. Christ’s suffering, death, burial, and resurrection culminates the Lenten season.
Lent may begin with ashes, but it ends with an empty tomb. The risen Christ assures us of our future resurrection when we belong to Him. As Romans 6:8 (NIV) says, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Rejoice in the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.
Praise the Father for sending His Son.
Reflect on the price that was paid, on the Cross, for our sins. The gift was free for us but not free for Jesus.