- Ash Wednesday is a reminder: dust you are and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19)
Ash Wednesday is a reminder: Jesus came to give you the opportunity to leave the darkness and live in His light.
Ash Wednesday is a reminder: That God hasn’t given up on you.
Some are afraid of Ash Wednesday. You don’t need to be fearful. Because, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.
The Lenten Season is 40 days.
Lent leads up to the most important event in human history … the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Resurrection of Jesus confirms the offer of redemption from death and the devil.
Resurrection offers re-connection to the living God.
Resurrection offers rescue from death as we put our faith and trust in Jesus.
During Lent Christians reflect on Jesus Christ—his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.
Ash Wednesday then is the first day of the Lenten Season leading up to Easter Sunday. Many Christians show their sorrow and repentance from sin on Ash Wednesday by the imposition of ashes.
The imposition of the ashes is a mark of the cross-placed on the forehead reminding Christians that they belong to Jesus.
The imposition of the ashes also reminds us that we are dust and to dust we will return (Genesis 3: 19).
This isn’t a foolish or meaningless celebration.
Ash Wednesday marks our return to God. A return to God which we abandoned when we walked away from God in the Garden of Eden.
Ash Wednesday, then, is a special time of repentance, reflection, surrender, and joy.
Well, what would we be without Jesus?
Dead dust, with no hope of life.