On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Trinity Christian Fellowship will be hosting our first Ash Wednesday service. This is the first day of Lent, a season on the Christian calendar that calls the Church to focus on self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits. Traditionally, people choose to give up certain practices during the 40 days of Lent in order to draw closer to God. Some people give up food, others give up TV, and others choose other things.
Is Lent or Ash Wednesday in the Bible? That’s a great question. While Christians have celebrated Lent for hundreds of years, the Bible does not command Christians to celebrate it. This, however, does not mean that it isn’t a good thing to do! There are many examples of people in the Old Testament who used dust and ashes to symbolize their repentance and mourning (2 Sam. 13:19;Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Dan. 9:3). Plus, at the end of Ash Wednesday services, Christians have the sign of the cross rubbed on their forehead as a way of identifying them with Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus warned his followers not to make a show of their prayer and fasting. We want to be mindful about this as we take time to call ourselves and those around us to repentance.
If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Pastor Luke.