I just read this great reflection on lent, Ash Wednesday, and Easter.
It’s filled me with this repentance.
I’ve been really wrestling with me, me, me, and worldy concerns. Some of this wordliness is the worst kind of worldliness, it’s the kind that masquerades as being deep and spiritual.
I guess it’s so insidious because it’s wrapped up and enmeshed with some pretty good stuff. I’ve blogbabbled (cool word, huh?) enough about being able to share the message on Sunday.
But a new small group is starting up which I’m leading and I’m pumped about that. It’s awesome to be part of the leadership team at Fellowship Church, and this gets me all excited too.
There’s lots of reasons that I should be pumped. But I’m enjoying the recognition more than I think I should. It’s drawing my focus away.
And that blog, it pointed out that Ash Wednesday is past. And it’s not so much about getting focused on one specific day… But I’m growing increasingly convinced that we should be preparing ourselves for the miracle of Easter. Our hearts should be ready to grasp the fullness of what occured.
I think we have an unbalancedness (is that a word?) It’s not unusual to think about approaching the cross. And we build our little nativity scenes. These correspond to our theology some. Contemporary Christianity is great about capturing Jesus’ humanity… This is why we spend so much energy thinking about his birth. And Contemporary Christianity similarly easily focuses on the cross: the price that Jesus paid for us.
But are these more important than the resseruction? If Jesus hadn’t risen victoriously the others are irrelevancies. We’re all born. Thousands of people were crucified. If Jesus hadn’t been bigger than the punishment he bore for us, then we would not be able to worship Him.
I think the birth, crucifiction, and ressurection form a sort-of trinity of events: Each is an independent event but they are all one, as well.
So I’m in prayer now for how best to prepare my heart for Jesus’ empty tomb. I’d love to hear how others approach these things. Post a reply and let me know.