There’s no Lent calendars out there. Have you noticed that? I mean, at Christmas, you can get Advent calendars filled with chocolate, wine, or Star Wars Legos. Now, as delicious and fun as those things may be, none of them really helps focus on Jesus coming to earth to be our Savior. So maybe six weeks of wine and chocolate and toys wouldn’t help us focus on Jesus and how he earned our salvation for us either. Plus, when we give up things or take on more, the temptation might be to focus more on us and less on God. In reality, things you do at Lent have no bearing on whether God loves you. Jesus has already guaranteed God’s love for you. The only goal for any habit during Lent should be for you “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18,19).
So for Lent this year, I’ve picked one passage per day to keep me focused on what Jesus has done for me and not on what I do for him. Some show how Jesus fulfilled every single prophecy made about him. Some are the seven phrases he said while he was hanging on the cross. The rest? Well, favorites that share how the good news of Jesus changes our lives and changes our eternities.
Want to join me? Each day from March 1 (known as Ash Wednesday) until Easter, read one passage. Take a deep breath. Read it again. Then say a prayer. If you want a paper copy, download or print the document from here. Otherwise, you will find them on the Time of Grace Facebook and Twitter pages. Join us there; then share our posts and tweets so others will know what Jesus has done for them too.
Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker.