We live in a society that is obsessed with the future, and this cultural trait does not escape us as Christians. We are constantly looking ahead to the next church service or the next church function. This can be especially true with the season of Lent, given the importance of Easter. It is easy for us to treat Lent like it is a countdown to Easter. Paul’s words to the people of Rome help us focus on the importance of Lent.
In these opening words to the Romans, Paul reminds them that Christ was a descendant of David and that he was the Son of God. Paul also reminds them that Christ was resurrected and that it is through him that they receive grace. These reminders to the Romans help us remember what is at the heart of Lent—it is a time of preparation for us to prepare our hearts and minds to mourn the death of Christ and to celebrate his resurrection.
Paul’s words remind us that Lent is not a countdown to another worship service or a countdown to spend time with our family and friends. These words help us remember that Lent is about who Christ is and what he did for our sins. It is a time of reflection and preparation.
So as we go through the last couple weeks of Lent, let us place the words from Paul at the center of our heart. Christ is the Son of God, and through his death and resurrection we receive eternal life. This is what the Lenten season is all about.
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