Ashes to Easter: The Lenten Journey
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten journey – a journey that you started just a couple days ago on the Mt. of Transfiguration. If you remember, Jesus takes a couple of the disciples and goes up the Mt. of Transfiguration. This short trip is the culmination of his announcement to the world that he was the long prophesied messiah, the Son of God. There on the mountain Jesus becomes “dazzling white” and Moses and Elijah appear. The Scriptures even tell us that the voice of God speaks from a cloud announcing as he did at Jesus’ baptism that he is indeed the Son of God. This was a dramatic event to say the least! Such dramatic events usually mark the end of something, but not here. In the story of God’s redemptive grace, the Mt. of Transfiguration is just the beginning. It was not enough that Jesus simply announce who he was. In order for God’s full plan of redemption to be realized, Jesus had to journey from Transfiguration Mountain to the Cross of Calvary.
As those in need of God’s grace and as followers of Christ, I urge you to take the Lenten journey from the mountaintop experience of Transfiguration Sunday to the Cross. Lent is a time for introspection, for pause, and for confession. Lent is a time to get out of our complacent lives and follow Christ to The Cross. Along the journey, I urge you to look within yourself and see what is holding you back from embracing the full truth of God’s redemptive love; displayed so clearly by his death on the Cross.
Blessings for the journey,