"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."
Many of you have likely seen the digital image offered above. I think it is a very beautiful image with an even more beautiful message found therein. Simply said, "He's got this! He's got us! He's got all of this! He's got all of us!"
From Titus 2, "God's grace is here. We are blessed to hopefully wait. We have been forgiven, redeemed, and purified from all wickedness!" ALL WICKEDNESS, even the uncertainty around COVID-19 and the sins of doubt it so easily creates!
This is most certainly a unique Lenten Journey, isn't it? What is not unique, is that in this Lenten season we wait. This year, we wait for this "societal pause" to end and school cancellation window to close. Every year, in Lenten's time of waiting, we reflect. We repent. We submit anew to a Savior without whom we would rightfully know only certain death.
And then it happens....
Christ's grisly death is followed directly by Easter's glorious Empty Tomb! The wait is over! His promises fulfilled! Heaven with Him has been forever made our eternal destination! Wait no more! Share this great news to all the world that they too might know this Truth! How beautiful is that!!
So, together we all will wait. As we do so, let's all keep two things in mind. First, take care of the safety, health, and welfare of ourselves and those around us. Be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving and caring for others. Secondly and primarily, pray, stay in The Word, Worship, and wait. Wait in the hope and Truth of knowing that while we wait through Lent once again this year, Easter is coming!
The Victorious Truth of the Christ's Resurrection has "got this and us" now and forevermore! Amen!
Dr. Wayne E. Jensen