Today is the first day of Lent. Faith Bible Church has, historically, not been an active user of the church calendar. But I have found certain parts of the church calendar to be quite significant to me. One of those parts of the church calendar is the season of Lent. Lent is a time when we prepare our hearts for the suffering, sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior.
One of the disciplines I involve myself in during Lent is fasting. And whatever I fast from, I intend it to be something I will long for, and when I do, I am then reminded of Jesus’ tremendous sacrifice for me. “How can I fail to give up coffee for 40 days when my Savior died for sins He did not commit or for which He was not responsible?!”
During this season of preparation and repentance, I also like to spend time in those sections of the Gospels that deal with Jesus’ suffering & crucifixion. Let me suggest you spend each day focused on a different gospel account (listed below) of Jesus’ suffering and meditate on what He faced to purchase your redemption. Come Easter Sunday...you’ll be glad you did!
Matthew 26, 27 & 28
Mark 14, 15 & 16
Luke 22, 23 & 24
John 18, 19, 20 & 21