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.