Monday, February, 1, 2021 | 5:17 PM | by June
“We have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who is every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning” (Heb. 4:15).
How marvelous is our God! Because of his love for us, the creator of the universe stoops to the earth to live our live and die our death. What, save love, could move a sovereign God to offer himself in such vulnerability to those with nothing to offer him in return? God offered himself to us, establishing through the sacrifice of Jesus, the ultimate expression of his grace, forgiveness, and merciful love.
Lent confronts us with the constancy of God’s faithfulness in the face of our weakness and sin; it is time set apart for us to consider once again the depth of Jesus’ passion. The season of Lent stands as a reminder to us that God’s love remains steadfast, even though we so often break faith with him. For many, Lent is a time for soul searching and self-examination, dedicated to facing up to those places where we have failed to be his people.
Far from being a melancholy season of self-absorption with sin, Lent offers us an opportunity to behold the wonder of God’s love. With Noah we can embrace the God who preserves those who serve him and who set his bow in the sky as a continuing sign of his covenant. We can join Peter who celebrated the truth of the new covenant, whereby Christ died to conquer faithlessness, bringing both the dead and the living into a new relationship with God. We need to rehearse the story of Jesus’ baptism and temptation in the wilderness, remembering that though we fail, Christ, our Savior, has done all things well. Lent is truly a season for rejoicing in the wonder of God’s love toward us!
Prayer: Father as we enter this season of Lent, may no sacrifice, but that of Jesus our Savior, absorb our hearts. May the immeasurable love evident in your promises throughout the ages strengthen us to be keepers of the covenant. Amen