Lent is the time period (40 days not including Sundays) before Easter. It begins with Ash Wednesday and culminates with what Christians call Holy Week. Easter is the day Jesus rose from the grace conquering sin, death & the devil thereby giving every follower of Jesus new life in Him alone. Lent is a time to reflect, to grow in one’s new life in Jesus Christ.
To best understand the incredible awesomeness of this let’s go back to the beginning, to Creation.
When the world began God created a man & a woman, Adam & Eve. God formed them out of the clay and breathed His Own breath into them giving them life. Adam & Eve were both fully created in God’s image, to care for the world & be in close community with God.
Life for Adam & Eve was perfect. They walked with God daily in close community. They connected with each other without confusion or misunderstanding. Everything was perfect until…
The serpent talked (Yeah, that’s weird) with Eve as Adam watched tempting them by what God ‘truly’ allowed them to eat and not eat. See, God told Adam & Eve that they could eat of any tree but the tree of knowledge of good & evil. By eating from it they would die. The serpent, the manipulator that he was, lured Adam & Eve by misleading them. He got them to eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good & evil.
This one act of disobedience changed everything. The close community with God was gone. The connection with each other without the confusion or misunderstanding disappeared. Now Adam & Eve would work for everything and eventually die. They were separated from God.
They were in need of saving. We are in need of saving.
Since that day all of humanity has been separated from God. Our hearts feel a hole in it desperate to find what is missing. We attempt to fill it with relationships, success, possessions, hobbies. None of it works. What we need is God. Deep within our souls we desire to be back in close community with God like Adam & Eve were in the beginning.
God’s immediate response? To send The Savior, to send Jesus Christ.
See we cannot save ourselves. Nothing we do will repair the relationship. No matter how hard we work it won’t be ‘enough’. We need a Savior. We need Jesus.
The beauty of it all is God did not wait around to think about what should be done after Adam & Eve rebelled. As soon as God talked with them a plan was in place. Read part of it here:
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
God was not leaving Adam & Eve alone. God does not leave us alone. God’s heart desires to be with us in close community once again. This is why God put into action a way to save Adam & Eve, you & me, the whole world.
Nothing you do can keep you away from God. Do not fear that you are ‘not good enough’. See how God loves you unconditionally. God has done the work. Your response? Turn back to God & surrender. Receive God’s love & forgiveness.
In the days leading up to Easter we are studying further how Jesus is the Promised Savior we see in Genesis 3:15. Each week a reading plan is included in This Week’s Challenge to study each day. You can also follow along on Instagram: @resolved_ministry. Share what you are learning.
Our prayer for you in this season of Lent is that you see how dearly, unconditionally loved you are by God. Slow down to grow closer in community with God. See the new life God has for you in these days. See your Savior standing next you with His arms wide open.
This Week’s Challenge
Select a time each day to read God’s Word, the Bible. Here are some passages you can read this week in your devotional time:
- Genesis 1-3
- Psalm 51
- Exodus 12-14
- Leviticus 16
- Malachi 1-3