The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are a time of reflection. Ash Wednesday is a reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. Then we endure a long stretch until we celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter follows the commemoration of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, during which Jesus told his disciples that he will not eat of the bread nor drink of the cup again until all of the faithful have gathered with Him in glory.
The next day we remember the way of suffering on Good Friday. For Jesus, that Friday was anything but ‘good’ as he was beaten, deserted, and died in the most excruciating of executions. In fact, the word ‘excruciating’ was coined to describe grotesque and monstrous pain; it literally means, from the cross.
The exultant song of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” will be sung in each and every Christian church on Easter Sunday. For some, the service will begin at sunrise. Easter reminds us that our hope is not in the things of this world, for they all pass away; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Our hope is in the One who came from heaven, lived a perfect life, died as a ransom for the debt that we all must pay, and upended all natural laws by rising from the dead three days after his execution.
Lent is a time when Christians are invited to examine our faith and deepen the commitment to our Lord and Savior. May you spend some time on each of the 40 days between now and Easter Sunday in prayer, Bible reading, and reflection. Don’t forget to be quiet and listen for the still, small voice which speaks to your heart. Draw closer to your Savior this Lenten season.