On faith: Lenten thoughts
Rev. Jim Joseph
Pastor- Living Waters Fellowship, Two Harbors
With the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, the church around the world entered into season where we walk with the Lord Jesus Christ to His death on the cross. To Christians, Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection from the dead three days later form the core of our belief and our hope of eternal life. It is through His sufferings and substitutionary death that He fully paid the price for our sins and deliberate rebellion against God, the Father and His just commandments. The proof of this is His bodily resurrection from the dead.
Through Jesus, we can experience physical healing; deliverance from addictions to things like alcohol, drugs and pornography; mental wholeness and restoration.Our past can be redeemed. We no longer have to be held hostage by circumstances and people who have hurt us so badly. We can be truly free because of Christ’s finished work! The Psalmist declares, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. “ (Psalm 23:4) Every day I can trust the He is with me, encouraging and protecting me, and bringing me safely through the trials and tests of life. There is an old chorus that reads in part, “He is all I need, He is all I need, Jesus is all I need.” This Lent, may we all remember that truth as we walk with Him through His sufferings and trials. And as we celebrate with Him the joy of His resurrection.