IN A HURRY
The arrival of Ash Wednesday ushers in the season of Lent and a magnificent time in the church year. Lent is when we turn our attention from the hustle of our lives and fix our gaze on the drama that played out in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Look at how fast everything happens as Jesus begins His great work of saving us! He gets Himself baptized, immediately sees heaven open and begins trekking across the countryside. He is tempted by Satan while in the wilderness. Led out by the Spirit, Jesus has a mission to fulfill. He prepares His disciples and preaches the Good News.
Jesus was refreshing, like a cool drink on a hot day, but not what people were expecting. He was nothing special; how could He be the Messiah? We ignored Him and we rejected Him. We turned on Him and then put Him to death on the cross. That was the end of Him, we thought. Who could have predicted the resurrection? God’s triumph and the redemption of mankind through the shed blood of His Son.
Now we rejoice because we finally understand. Jesus was bearing our sin, taking our grief and sorrowon His own back. He is God in the flesh, come in the form of a Servant, to give us life – life that will last forever. And what is His message? ”The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel! He says this to everyone that will listen – to the crowds, to the rulers, to His friends and enemies alike. ”Whoever comes to Me shall not hunger and shall not thirst. Whoever hears My word and believes in Him who sent me, has eternal life. . Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live!” He says it to you, and He says it to me.
The season of Lent gives us time to reflect on God’s generous love. God saves the world through the blood of His Son. Jesus lives among us. He lifts the downtrodden and heals the sick and the suffering, All the while bearing our sins to the cross. During these next forty days, let’s listen to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
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