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As we enter these weeks, we remember that Lent is the forty-day season of preparation, awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation that leads us into Easter. These days are marked with a more somber tone – a time tinged with the painful acknowledgement of our own sinfulness and mortality. It is a time when Christians confront and confess our neediness and wantonness – and prepare ourselves to receive Easter’s glorious news of Jesus’ resurrection.
During these days, we will reflect upon the truth that faith is journey of questions seeking an answer. As Jesus taught, He constantly asked questions of his followers. To Jesus, faith was not a recitation of ritual, but an engagement of the heart where what we believe is translated into how we behave.
At the height of his popularity, the crowds were all abuzz about who Jesus was. They were wondering was he a great prophet or Elijah or John the Baptist come back to life. The disciples repeated those comments, but Jesus looked at them and asked, “But who do you say that I am?” That is the question we all must answer. At the end of the day, our job is not to repeat what we have heard from others, but to own, deep in our souls, our own connection to Jesus.
As always, our purpose is simple: it is to elicit a response. It is for us to be inspired, to be challenged, and to be changed. Our purpose, hope, and prayer is that all our hearts will be “strangely warmed” as we reflect upon the Bible’s truth and the Savior’s call.