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Tomorrow begins the season of Lent with a special day called Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday and Lent are a time for us to reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and to examine our own lives and where we need to repent.

Some people will give things up for Lent in order to help focus in on Jesus and be less distracted, while others will add things to their daily routine like Bible reading or prayer. These are good tools and can be helpful in pulling away distractions so that our focus stays on Jesus, but a lot of times what happens is we begin to focus on ourselves and what we gave up or what we added for the season of Lent.

Ultimately though, Ash Wednesday and Lent are all about Jesus and what He has done for you.

A great reminder of what Jesus has done for you comes from Psalm 103.

'He forgives all your iniquity; he heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from the Pit; he crowns you with faithful love and compassion. ' Psalms 103:3-4

Through Jesus God forgives you. Through Jesus God heals you. Through Jesus God rescues you from your brokenness. Through Jesus God crowns you with love.

This is what Lent is all about. God forgiving, healing, and rescuing you through Jesus on the cross.

At the cross Jesus gets all of your brokenness, sin, hurts, and wounds and you get all of His forgiveness, love, life, and righteousness. Luther called this the great exchange.

At the cross Jesus receives a crown of thorns and you receive a crown of love.

A Good Reason to Read the Bible

There seems to be an endless number of translations of the Bible. Every year it seems there is a new English translation or a new devotional or study Bible available for purchase. You can download hundreds of translations for free on your phone nowadays.

This is a good thing. This means that the Bible is readily and easily available to us for study and meditation.

But the question is: why should I take the time in my busy day to read the Bible that I have such easy access to?

Here are some reasons for reading the Bible you may have heard before:

  • The Bible tells us to read it
  • It pleases God
  • It helps us learn more about God
  • The Bible has great life lessons
  • It's a great way to start your day

While none of these are really wrong or bad reasons; ultimately the best reason to read the Bible comes from Jesus himself.

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me. John 5:39

Jesus is telling very devout, faithful people who love the Word of God that the best reason to read the Word of God is that when we read the Bible we get Jesus.

So if you are struggling with motivation or consistency with reading the Bible remember that when you read the Bible you aren't just getting life lessons, good advice, or a good start to the day; you are getting Jesus.

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