Ash Wednesday is upon us. Like all elements of the Christian Church calendar, Ash Wednesday is an effective time to read and reflect on the gospel. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, meaning “The Springtime of the Year” or in our case, a time of renewal of faith.
On Ash Wednesday, we:
- Contemplate the death that reigns in us because of sin, and our need for Jesus to save us.
- Commit to daily repentance—to “die daily,” as Paul said (1 Corinthians 15:31).
- Celebrate that Christ conquered Satan, sin and the grave.
- Understand that Christ can lead us out of our own bondage to sin.
Ash Wednesday is:
- A Time for Reflection
- A Time for Repentance
- A Time for Recommitment!
Genesis 2:7, 3:19
7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being…
But mankind fell in the Garden by disobeying God. The Lord told mankind’s parents,
Adam and Eve:
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
And so it is right and good that all of us reflect on:
Who we are:
— Children of sin, but loved by a gracious Lord!
Where we are:
— Living our faith walk in Him!
What we are repentant of:
— Our sin and our condition in sin!
For further reflection: