Easter, lent, and why friday is good

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I’m not ashamed to admit knowing absolutely zilch about Lent. I knew of Easter, Easter eggs, bunnies, and the Easter egg hunts when I was a child. It’s not bad to have those childhood memories of decorating eggs and finding chocolate covered eggs in the grocery store. I think its cute and festive.

However when I began to really put God first and learn His Word, I learned of the Resurrection, Jesus’s death and burial and how he rose on the third day. We can get really caught up in how the “world” defines holidays.

Which brings us to today. Good Friday.

There are some things my husband and I were not taught in the church which is why we promote outside study of the Word and its application and perhaps you’d like to know what Lent and Good Friday means too.

What is Lent?

Lent is preparation before the Easter Season. You do this 40 days before Easter Sunday, beginning on Ash Wednesday(In Western Christianity the minister rubs the cross shape on worshipers foreheads using ash). Not many churches celebrate this, usually Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholics practice this.

During this time Christians repent, pray, meditate, and fast to prepare for Easter Sunday.

Lent, according to about.com, is not biblical, however the bible does mention the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes. See “Lent“.

What is Good Friday?

We are so used to Easter that sometimes we forget Good Friday and how important that day is for Christians(or people of the Way).

Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ(From About.com: What is Good Friday?)

This day should be spent in prayer, fasting, worshiping and/or digging deeper into His Word. This is in commemoration of the day Jesus, our Lord and Savior died on the cross.

These are just brief explanations of the importance of the Season. Jesus is the reason for the season so let’s keep Him foremost in our minds, hearts and spirits today…everyday.

God Bless you all and have a wonderfully blessed Friday, Saturday and Resurrection Sunday.

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