“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
We are in the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Lent is the 40 days before Easter where we remember the teachings and death of Jesus so we can more fully understand and celebrate His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent is a time for serious reflection on the life and sacrifice of Jesus. It is a time to solemnly consider our sin and what it cost Jesus to leave His heavenly throne to come and live among us. Sometimes people even fast and abstain from certain foods or activities as a way to remember the sacrifice Christ made for us.
In our world, we don’t like to be solemn. We don’t like the formality of spending a season of 40 days reflecting on the cost of our sin and the price Jesus paid. We want light-hearted comfort and loving affirmation. But we can’t fully appreciate the loving affirmation without realizing the cost of grace and forgiveness.
Solemn is defined as, “formal and dignified; not cheerful or smiling, serious; characterized by deep sincerity.” The next two weeks we’re going to settle into becoming more solemn. It won’t be a fun journey, but it will be one that will deepen your faith and enrich your understanding of the goodness and grace of God.
Will you join me?