This week we will have a special service, held only once a year. It is Ash Wednesday, and it marks the beginning of Lent. Even if you have not been to this type of service, you may have seen folks with black smudged crosses on their foreheads.
It is not like most of our worship experiences, and some of us may not even realize why there are black smudged crosses on people’s foreheads. The ashes are placed on us, sometimes even on the head, to remind us that we are made from dust and to dust we shall return. As human beings we have a finite life. We will all die. We remember that this is because of our sin, the sin we personally have committed as well as the sins of all of humanity. From the beginning of creation we have disobeyed God’s law.
Yet, we know the rest of the story. Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have life forever in the Kingdom of God. He paid for our sin with his own life. He conquered death so that we can live in God’s kingdom forever.
During the season of Lent, we remember our sin and the sacrificial love of Jesus. We seek to draw closer to the One who gave all for us. As we reflect on our sin and God’s love for us, we are preparing for the Easter celebration. When Easter comes, we are then able to more fully participate in the gift of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.