40 DAYS LOOKING TO JESUS
Lent is a time of self-examination and reflection about your life with God. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by newconverts and became a time of penance. The altar color of the church season is purple. Purple is the color of repentance. Roman soldiers flogged and mocked Jesus at His Crucifixion. They clothed Him in a purple robe. Purple was a royal color. The soldiers spit on Jesus and laughed at Him; “Hail the King of the Jews “. The church uses purple in the Lenten season as an avid reminder of the pain and suffering Jesus endured. Purple is the color of sadness and is used at most funerals.
Today during Lent, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, choosing to give ourselves to others or give up something. God’s people choose to cleanse their hearts through prayer and fasting. The tradition of self-sacrifice is supposed to connect you with Jesus. It is not in the Scriptures, from the perspective of the church, ”Giving up something for Lent” is a matter of Christian freedom. A Christian may do so as a way of remembering and personalizing the great sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for us.
The season of Lent serves us as a time for repenting and confessing our sins to God. It is the time to meditate on the suffering Jesus endured on our behalf but also as an opportunity to reflect on our own Baptism. It is a time in which we may be given the fullness of grace that belongs to the children of God.
Christians are part of what God is doing through the Lutheran Hour Ministries. Remember the Lutheran Hour Ministries and look forward to see how God will work through us. Your gifts and prayers make a very real impact on this ministry every day. The Lutheran Hour can be heard every Sunday on these radio stations.
The Lutheran Hour can be heard every Sunday on radio stations
WCCO (830 AM) at 6:05am
KRWC (1360 AM) at 7:30am
KDUZ (1260 AM) at 12:30pm
KDHL (920 AM) at 6:00pm