A Journey in Lent – (Continued)
We continue our Journey in Lent. It is good to journey with Christ Jesus as the church visits the Scriptures which tell of Christ Jesus resolutely turning his face toward Jerusalem in order to accomplish there what he came to earth to do, namely, give his life as a ransom for us that we would be reconciled with God and be rescued into God’s eternal heavenly kingdom. This journey with Christ takes us through the shadow of death and into the glorious light of Easter.
The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday. On this day we consider our state of being. It is a sad and most horrible situation where left to our own devices we have no hope. Jesus himself said, “For what can a man give in return for his life” (Mark 8:37). It is a rhetorical question that demands the answer, “nothing.” There is nothing we can do to save ourselves from the divine penalty for sin, for the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
That’s right, on account of sin and sinfulness all men and women are destined for death—eternal death. Physical death is nothing more than the agent that brings us to the punishment that we deserve—eternal condemnation and separation from God in hell.