The season of Lent is a 40-day church season (Sundays don’t count) starting with Ash Wednesday on February 14 and ending on Maundy Thursday, March 28.
Lent is a journey. It’s a time to reflect on the sin in our lives, the sin that separates us from God. As Christians, we recognize that we have a battle with sin and temptation. We are made new in Christ. We have the Holy Spirit in us, yet we fail to do what God has asked us to do and do what He has told us not to do. During this time of reflection, we pray for strength, and we also consider what our sin has cost us and our savior.
As we reflect on our spiritual walk, we also reflect on what led Jesus to the cross, starting with his time of temptation from Satan in the desert. Jesus’ journey to the cross was not taken up independently from our sin. Our sin had to be paid for—someone had to die—and our God sent His Son to do this for us so that we might live.
“By His wounds we are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
We pray that this season of Lent may be a blessing to you and your faith as you reflect on, mourn, and repent of the sin that separates us from God and also take hope in the path Jesus walked for you.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.