The real meaning of Lent
Some people know that Lent started on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. Can anybody explain something about Lent? For a lot of people, Lent is a season for making resolutions. They give up chocolate, sweets, and alcohol. They decide to pray more, or actually go to church every Sunday. Beyond that, many of us have little understanding of what Lent is about. I want to help us understand and engage this season more appropriately. Lent is the period of 40 days that comes before Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. The meaning of Lent is to remember Jesus who sacrificed Himself for us.
Lent is the season for commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion,Religious observances of Lent can include fasting, prayer meetings, no drinking, no social media. But these are not the ultimate goals. We must also show his love to our neighbors. This is because they can see Jesus through us. So, we can commemorate Jesus during Lent by helping others and serving people around us, including our friends, family, classmates, and colleagues. These acts of service are also a good idea for remembering God. It is as important to show the love of Jesus to those around us as it is to abstain from ourselves to commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross, so people who do not believe Jesus can see Him through us. Lastly, I’m going to read John 13:34-35. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
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