The Lenten Season causes us to consider that not everything is made right; that relationships are broken; that restoration is difficult. We walk in truth, but we walk knowing that we have died in Christ. This means that we do not walk arrogantly; we do not walk expecting everything to go our way. We should walk expecting that only God’s way of doing things is the best way and that our only expectation is in the Christ who was crucified; our only hope is to walk as those who have died in Christ.
But though this Season offers us a sober look at who we are and how we are to walk, we must never forget that our deaths in Christ are followed by our being raised with Him. Though we do not walk boastfully, we walk hopeful that the Christ who died has begun to make all things right at His resurrection and will continue to right the wrongs of this world until it is all made new.
As Pastor Rich Lusk observes:
But having already died in Christ, we can approach our bodily death with hope, knowing that while death remains a foe, it is a defeated foe, and now serves our ultimate good. Death has defeated death, so, dying we live.
Let us Pray: O Lord, you have died for us and you have been raised for us. Strengthen us to pick up the cross and follow you while living as saints who have been delivered from death by our resurrection, through Christ our Lord. Amen.