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. Hebrews 7:25 states: Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
What did Jesus say about his death?
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
Why is Lent special for a Christian?
Lent is a quiet time to contemplate all that God has done for us. Lent matters because we need to be reminded often of all that God has done for us, that he truly loves us and wants us to spend eternity with him, and that we serve a Savior who died and then rose from the grave for us!
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