Thursday, August 16, 2012
Getting Right to the Point!
Surprise – Lent Is Not All About Us!
Lent is NOT about going on a diet, doing without TV or chocolate, or giving up beer. In fact, Lent isn’t about anything we do. It IS all about what Jesus Christ has already done!
The word “lent” is simply the Anglo-Saxon word for “Spring.” It’s used to label the six weeks prior to the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection from His death on the Cross for the sins of the whole world.
The entire point of Lent is to contemplate what Jesus did to satisfy the penalty for our many rebellious acts against God. That focus on Christ’s sacrifice will then cause true believers to thank and praise God for their eternal salvation, with words in thought, prayers, and hymns, and with actions by putting the needs of others ahead of their own.
This could include skipping a meal or not buying candy in order to help others, or to turn off that mindless sitcom in order to meditate on God’s love. Now, that’s the way to “do” Lent! And that's the point!
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