Jesus, I will ponder now, On your holy passion; With your Spirit me endow, For such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith, May the image cherish, of your suffering, pain, and death, that I many not perish. (Christian Worship 98)
Lent is here and churches all around are focusing on the Jesus’ path to the cross. What is your focus? Are you pondering Jesus more often in your day? Some people purposely fast or give up something for Lent. The purpose of giving something up for awhile is to help you stop focusing on earthly things and place your focus on God.
Fasting is neither commanded nor forbidden by God in the Bible. There are many examples of fasting in the Bible. Moses, David, Elijah, all fasted at different times in their lives. Jesus also fasted in the desert. The devil tried to take advantage of his hunger but was not successful. Taking extra time for prayer and meditation with God is certainly a worthwhile use of our time. We often forget to make time in our schedules to ponder our sins and what God has done for us.
Jesus sacrificed everything for us. He paid the price of all of our sins on the cross. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Our debt was paid and we have the gift of eternal life. We certainly should be able to take time out of our schedules to ponder and appreciate what Jesus did for us.
Whether you choose to give something up for Lent or not, take time to ponder what Jesus has done for you.