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Season of reflection

We are in the middle of the Lent season, that six-week section of time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, or Resurrection Day. Without going into the history of Lent, in short, it is a time of reflection. The concept of reflection is common to most religious efforts. The Jews observe the ten days of Awe just after Rosh Hashanah and before Yom Kippur in the fall. Many faiths observe daily times of reflection. But the person who would be a disciple of Christ is called to much more than reflection. He is called to repentance. He is called to choose life.

When Jesus came to the earth, God in the Flesh, His mission was to reveal to mankind the presence of sin, or rebellion against God, present in their life; to teach them how to deal with the presence of that sin and then to die in payment for that sin. All man had to do was process and accept this information. It sounds so simple. But man had his own agenda then and he still has it today. Man does not want to know about the sin in his life. He does not want to deal with it. And he certainly doesn’t want to acknowledge that someone else has already paid the price for that sin. 

To man, the knowledge of sin is ridiculous, foolish, silly, ignorant, narrow-minded, unsophisticated, and unacceptable. Man does not want to believe he has rebellion in his life and in fact, most people won’t. And they will forever taste death because of it.

 However, there are those who will yield to the truth of sin and begin to embrace the abject horror of it and what had to be done to deal with it. They will yield because they long for relationship with God, their Father, which they cannot have if they allow sin to remain in their lives, unpaid. This is why Jesus came. It is why he taught us about sin and how to deal with it. It is why He died on the cross, why He rose from the dead, and why He lives today. He paid the price for sin so those who accept that payment will never taste eternal death. 

This Good News about Jesus and what He accomplished for all of us is so simple a child can understand it. Resurrection Sunday culminates the time those who love God use to reflect on what Jesus did, and to realign with Christ. It is also a time for those who don’t know Him to meet Him and make the choice to follow Him... or not.

The opportunity to accept this precious gift from God is before you. Will you accept it, or like most people, reject it? Will you become a disciple of Jesus Christ, or will you continue on your own road? The choice is yours and always has been. The choice is between life and death—Life with God or separation from Him. 

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son to die that whosoever should believe on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Choose life. It is what Resurrection Day is all about.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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faith, Lent, Resurrection, Easter

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