The season of Lent is almost here and yet do we know why we celebrate? Traditionally many think it’s a time for us to give something up – make a sacrifice for our wrongdoing. Others look at it as the upcoming Easter season and spring break and have turned it into a time to make a profit. Maybe we’ve forgotten about Lent, because it requires us to acknowledge our sin and who likes admitting they’re wrong?
The blame game has been with us since the beginning of mankind’s existence. God required complete obedience – Adam and Eve thought they knew more than God – Sin came into the world. Adam blamed his wife, Eve blamed the devil and all of them would live under His curse until the Messiah came.
I used to have a computer that enjoyed pointing out my mistakes. The beast of a box would chastise me whenever I made an error. It would verbally scream, “it’s not my fault” at the slightest flaw. That infernal machine put up with my yelling back at it, “yes it is!” for a number of years.
Sin is like that. We make a mistake and a little voice goes off in our heads to tell us about it. We’d rather not be reminded, so we throw the voice away or muffle it with self righteousness. We try to cover up our wrongs with good deeds, but none of that is going to get rid of the sin.
God knew beforehand that this would happen and He had a plan in the works to fix it, before it occurred. God, would become a man without sin. He would live among us. He would feel our pain. He would die in our place and take on the sin of the entire world and place it in the grave. He then would rise in heavenly splendor and return to His rightful throne. God fixed it, because He loves us, not because we’re worthy.
That little voice within us (our conscience) is like a trigger, sounding an alarm. Over the centuries, that voice has become more and more deadened by the devil. He knows he’s lost the battle and he is pulling out all the stops to win us away from God.
Unbelievers believe this is just a myth concocted to scare us into repentance. Maybe we need to be scared. Maybe we need to be reminded how dependent we should be on God.
This season of waiting for our Savior’s Passion, should be a time of repentance.