Dear Friends in Christ:
Our journey in Lent continues. We have said goodbye to the Alleluias in our Worship Services. They are on hiatus until Easter Sunday morning when we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection once more. Lent remains a joyous season, but it is also a somber season and a time for serious reflection.
It is joyous because our God loves us so much that He became one of us. He loves us so much that He willingly dies the worst possible death for us so that we might live forever. Crucifixion was bad enough on its own. It was a terrible, slow and painful death. But Jesus died that death while carrying the sins of the whole world on His back. He is the only one who would do that! He is the only one who could live a perfect sinless life for us and so cover our sins and faults with His righteousness. That He loves us so much is cause for great joy, but it is not cause for high-fives until He completes His work on Easter Sunday morning.
Celebration is appropriate after He vanquishes the world, the flesh and death itself. Until the resurrection, it is well that we contemplate why it is necessary for our God to come into this world, live and die for us. With humble awe, we reflect on the greatness of our God and His infinite love for people like us. That He should love us this way is nothing short of miraculous. It is godlike because Jesus is God with us and for us. He is Immanuel.
So, knowing all this about our loving God through the person of Jesus Christ, let us continue to journey with Him to the cross as we move toward that time of Holy Week. Because Jesus took His Lenten journey to the cross for us, we have peace with God. Our sins are forgiven and we will live forever. While we meditate on all that Jesus has done for us, we look forward to Easter Sunday to celebrate in full the Lord’s final victory over all our enemies. Then, once more, we can say “Alleluia!!!” will full gratitude to Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit continue to be your guide on this journey!