From Pastor’s Pen
Each year, we gather to commemorate the actions that lead to the sacrificial crucifixion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This remembrance is called the Season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating at the Vigil before our Lord’s tomb on Easter eve. However, the Season of Lent is only part of the preparation, the personal progression to the empty Tomb. There are many mountains to climb before arriving in wonder and exaltation at the site of Christ’s resurrection.
There is the Mountain of Re-Creation [Genesis 8:2-4]; the Mountain of the Law we cannot keep [Exodus 19:20; 20:1-17]; the Mountain of Remembrance [Joshua 4:19-24]; the Mount of Prayer [John 8:1, Matthew 26:35]. Only after revisiting these mountaintop experiences are we truly prepared to follow Jesus to the Mount of Sacrifice – Calvary: the sight of our salvation.
The Season of Lent is so much more than 40 days in a particular year. It was designed from the beginning of time to bring us to the Cross – to bring us to the empty Tomb. May we all climb those mountains, and with God’s grace, rise to everlasting life.