A journey in Lent leads to Easter
What do you think of your Lenten journey up to now? If you’ve been following along with me each Thursday of March, you’ve traveled with me in a description of what the season of Lent is and how it serves the members of Christ’s church. The season of Lent is just one of the Church’s observed times where through the historic lectionary readings of Holy Scripture we walk together in the life of Jesus Christ.
You’ve learned that the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday observance. On that day we remember that we are creatures of God, created by him out of the dust of the earth. And on Ash Wednesday we reflect upon a cold, dark reality—death. We are destined for the grave where we will be rendered again to dust just like all human kind before us. But that is not the end for us. That’s because God has meticulously and specifically formed us from the dust of his created earth to live forever. He formed Adam, the first man, and then breathed into his nostrils the breath of life so that Adam and his offspring might become living beings created after God’s image. And God is eternal. So also are you—eternal. You will always exist. All of Scripture testifies to that. You and your children will always be. There will never be a time that you will cease to exist. Even after our bodies die and return to dust, our souls—that thinking, emotional, and unique and distinctive you—continues to exist in spirit.