Lets take a little break away from all the news and talk about Lent – as Easter is quickly approaching. Many in the Christian family keep lent – to various degrees and in different ways. So what's Lent about?
In simple terms – God has given us a great and comforting gift – Jesus Christ who offers us salvation from death. One would think that coming into a knowledge of what that means – they would think about it all the time and be thankful. However, if your anything like me, you think about things that aren't so Godly instead… It seems too easy to forget what God has done for us.
So why do we forget that it was “Him who knew no sin became sin for us”?
We perhaps would do better to remind ourselves that it was because of our wrong that Jesus was punished. This is generally what lie behind the meaning of Lent.
In life, we can get really cluttered and lose focus of what really counts. We can add so much that we cut back on what is important. Lent is viewed as a time of emptying oneself of the sinful, or selfish, of influences of the world – and to replace them with God – to draw nearer to Him.
After all – where is true happiness or satisfaction found?
Some people will give something up. This is grounded in the principle that God gave up the riches of Heaven to come and identify with us – because of His great love for us.
But that's only half the lesson… you gotta fill up – with something Spiritually good! Spend time reading the Scriptures. Spend some time in prayer. Spend time learning about the teachings in the days that lead up to Jesus' death.
Ultimately, the lesson in Lent is to place us with Jesus. It is to anticipate what happened. To imagine what it would have been like to be at Jesus side. Would we help Him? Do we understand everything that happens to us when it happens? Do we watch and pray as He asked us to? ?
Remember that the sorrow in Heart was so great that it almost crushed Him. Lent reminds us that He simply asks us to watch with Him… (Matthew 26:38)
Blessings to you all this Lenten Season,
Middle East Correspondent