In observance of Lent, which begins tomorrow (Wednesday, March 9), I am seeking to focus my heart and mind on Christ by reading through the gospel of Mark and by reading a great new book by Tim Keller – King’s Cross. Keller’s book follows Mark’s gospel in revealing the person and work of Jesus.
In the opening chapter of Mark we read:
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Keller notes the significance of Jesus’ message being one of good news:
“The essence of other religions is advice; Christianity is essentially news.” Keller goes on to explain, “The gospel is that God connects to you not on the basis of what you’ve done (or haven’t done) but on the basis of what Jesus has done, in history, for you. And that makes it absolutely different from every other religion or philosophy.”
I love that. Our faith is one of hearing some good news and believing it! As we begin our spiritual countdown toward Holy Week we must grasp the concept that it’s all about what God has done for us.
What are you doing now to prepare your heart for Easter
?If you don’t already have a plan for your spiritual development this Lenten season – I invite you to join me in spending the next 46 days reading and praying through Mark and King’s Cross.
Also for Lent I am going on a liquid fast. I will be drinking nothing but water until Easter morning. I’ll miss my morning cups of coffee and my evening apple-cinnamon tea but the little bit of self denial will remind me of whom I am living for and what he has done for me.
How do you observe Lent? Are you giving up anything
?I’m praying you experience anew the good news of Jesus Christ.