Lent offers us a season to surrender ourselves more to our Savior. It brings with it a sense that quiet contemplation is good, and that the cross means more to us than an artifact or a crutch. We pause. We fast. We confess. We remember. We pray. As we draw closer to Holy Week, we hold on more closely to the truth that “by His wounds we are healed.”
We are wounded and we wound. We wound ourselves, each other, and 2,000 years ago we wounded Christ on the cross. Sin does that. The irony is that Christ’s wounds bring us healing. It is a holy healing brought forth by holy blood that washes away our sin. Jesus offers us more than religion. He offers Himself. “For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20).
So why do we capitulate to others when we must run to Christ and Christ alone?
Yes, we need pastors and teachers to guide us in the truth and aid us in discipleship, but they are not Jesus for us. Jesus can only be Jesus. My husband cannot be Jesus for me. His faith cannot be my faith although He can lead me in a closer walk with Christ. Christian Inspiration books cannot be Jesus for me. Only Jesus can be Jesus. That devotional podcast that I listen to while I run or cook cannot be Jesus for me. Jesus is the only Jesus.
There is ONE Savior. Who am I looking to save me?
To save me from…
We are spiritually dependent. But we cannot substitute the faith of others for our own. “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation” (Psalm 62:1).
So we wait. We do not wait for next Sunday’s sermon or for that next conference, but we wait for God alone. Lent reminds us that we are needy and that the cross offers us more than a once for all faith. It offers us an every day faith. It offers us Christ, and He is the one we depend upon- 2,000 years ago, today, and tomorrow. Let us run to Him and receive from Him only what He can give us- a Savior.
“For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” Isaiah 43:3.