The forty-day period preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday when Jesus resurrected from the dead is referred to as Lent in the Christian religion. It begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and is also referred to as Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, individuals are called to remember that we were created from the dust of the earth, and many will wear symbolic crosses made with ashes on their foreheads. Whether or not you wish to have ashes on your forehead, I encourage everyone from any religion or spiritual practice to join with us during the forty-day period of remembrance that is Lent leading up to Resurrection Sunday. The ashes may remind us of our origins, but Resurrection Sunday celebrates God's promise of a resurrection and of eternal life for all who genuinely believe in the promise. The promise is for all of God's people. In Acts 2:40, the apostle Peter pleaded with his listeners saying, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." I make the same plea to you.
God's promise is linked to a concomitant promise on our part to allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse and purify us. In response to God's promise, we are required to focus on repentance from sin and transgressions, and on spiritual cleansing. Irrespective of your faith, religion or spiritual practice, you can accept Jesus as your Messiah and inherit God's promise of eternal life. So, for the next forty days, join with us in prayer, fasting and spiritual cleansing. For Christians, avoid the kiddie version of repentance, such as fasting from movies, and decide to take things to another level. Instead, repent of gossip, slander, hatred, jealousy, immorality and greed. Focus on the spiritual cleansing, such as was done by Jesus when he fasted for forty days just prior to the commencement of his earthly ministry.
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