What is Lent?

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For some Christians, Lent has always been a part of their spiritual life and practice, but for others it is unfamiliar. Lent is the season when Christians have historically prepared their hearts for Easter with reflection, repentance, and prayer. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and proceeds for forty days, culminating in Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Since Sundays are weekly celebrations of the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays are not counted as part of the forty-day season. Many Christians choose to fast throughout the season of Lent, but the focus is not so much on depraving ourselves of something as it is on devoting ourselves to God and His purposes in the world.

In Matthew 24:44, Jesus said, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” As we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection
and victory from death, let us examine our hearts during this season of Lent by spending some time reflecting and meditating on Jesus’ resurrection and second coming. If Jesus were to come back today, in what condition would He find you and me?

Prayer: Lord, help me reflect on what You did for me (for us) at the Cross at Calvary and think of Your glorious Resurrection on the third day. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God. We praise You and thank You for making heaven and eternal life possible for us who believe. Amen!


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