Just a Thought, Spiritual

What is lent and how do we celebrate it

Lent is the 40 days before Easter – Between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.   The 40 days represents the 40 days that Jesus fasted before the start of His ministry.  Ash Wednesday is the day that reminds us that we are all mortal, from ashes we came and ashes we shall go

(Genesis 3:19 the reference to ashes and dust reads, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”)

 During Lent we use the example of Jesus Christ, we fast or abstain for things for 40 days. Many will give something up for Lent that they really enjoy, like if you really like chocolate – We could fast one or 2 days a week and give that money to the poor.

During Lent, this would be a good time to do a deep study of the 4 Gospels. Here we would gain a deeper love and understanding of Why Jesus Christ came and to be closer to Him –

There are many things that we can do during Lent, it’s a time of self-reflection and a time to embrace all that Jesus has done for us. When we commit to this during this time, its special – and we are ready for Holy week – the week before Easter’s Resurrection –

Holy Week

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday in which we celebrate Christ coming into Jerusalem on the donkey just before the Passover Feast – (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19)

On Monday – the Cleansing of the Temple.  (Matthew 21:12–22, Mark 11:15–19, Luke 19:45-48, and John 2:13-17)

On Tuesday – Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives and scriptures tell us it’s the day that Judas Iscariot agreed to turn Jesus over for 30 pieces of Silver- (Matthew 21:23–24:51, Mark 11:20–13:37, Luke 20:1–21:36, and John 12:20–38)

On Wednesday – We really don’t know, but many think that Jesus and His disciples rested to prepare for the Passover

 On Thursday – We celebrate the Passover or the Last Supper – and the Passion of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrays him, and he is taken before the Sanhedrin. This is when Peter denied Jesus three times – ( Matthew 26:17–75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-62, and John 13:1-38)

On Friday-  Jesus was tried, Crucified, Died and was buried -This is known as Good Friday.  Jesus forgave those that crucified him – (Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, and John 18:28-19:37)

On Saturday – Jesus was laid into the borrowed tomb. (Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40)

On Sunday- On this glorious day – Jesus is Resurrected – He shows himself to Mary Magdalene and to the Apostles.  He has conquered death so that we all may live. (Matthew 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-49, and John 20:1-23)

Yes – Lent is a special time for all those that believe in Christ 😊