Lent (Latin: Quadragesima – English: Fortieth) is a period of 40 weekdays (excluding Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the day after Good Friday. This is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter as we remember the events in Jesus Christ’s life…leading up to and including his death on the cross.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Isaiah 53:12b …he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Big words, but what do they mean?
To transgress is to sin: commit a sin; violate a law of God. Romans 3:23b says, …all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…
Intercession is to go, or come between, two parties to plead before one of them on behalf of the other. Romans 3:24 continues: …and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
What did Jesus say about it?
During his teaching years before his death, Jesus said:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” ~ John 3:16-17
After Jesus conquered death and was alive again, he said to his disciples:
”This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” ~ Luke 24:44
Lent matters because we are sinful beings who need to be reminded that God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with him. His great mission to rescue us from our damning sins was to send his son, Jesus, to take our punishment on himself.
Please join us at Living Hope this Lenten season on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. as the awsome story is told once more.
Read in the Bible about Christ’s sacrifice for you! Click on the passages below to read online: