Lent simply means forty. For Christians, forty is a significant number in the bible. From Noah to Moses to Jesus, each went through significant defining moments that contained the number 40. Forty represented certain time periods (i.e., days, nights, years, etc.). In other words, it is more of a symbolic thing than anything. It represents fullness or completion. As we consider Lent, a practice where we begin our 40-day ascent towards the resurrection of Christ from the tomb, it represents a period of introspection, prayer, and anticipation. As a practice or observance, some pray and/or fast. For others, certain spiritual disciplines are emphasized as a way of giving up certain luxuries we enjoy. Yet, Lent is not a biblical sacrament. It is more of a tradition or practice that is meant to bring us closer to Jesus. May we embody the urgency of spiritual readiness. As we approach Calvary this year, rather than focusing on irrelevant matters of dietary consumption or self-denial, let us highlight the spiritual journey Jesus readied himself
for in the wilderness (Matt. 4:2). Jesus did not fast for religious purposes. He fasted in preparation for spiritual warfare, for battle. He was getting ready to endure the cross. His desire was to bring the kingdom of God down to earth. I pray our desire is the same. Let us join our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in making our hearts like His.
Prepare Your Heart,