As We Begin the Lenten Season

From Pam Bush

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” Mark 1:14-15.

In other words, fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms (Mere Christianity, 59)

As we enter the season of Lent, we hear the hard words of Jesus calling us to repentance. C.S. Lewis teaches us that repentance involves surrender, laying down our arms, saying we’re sorry, and Jesus teaches us that, following repentance, we will find good news, which he invites us to believe. We need both. We need to acknowledge that rebellion inhabits our own hearts, and we need to know that God loves us enough not to leave us in our rebellion. We need to know that God desires our entire lives to be lives of repentance. cslewis-pipe2

In his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, Lewis called his early rebellion against God the desire not to be interfered with; he wanted to call his soul his own. In repentance, we learn that we belong to Someone else, Someone who created us, certainly, but especially Someone who redeemed us. The light at the end of the tunnel of repentance is the glorious grace of God and forgiveness won by Jesus.

Heavenly Father, by my sins I have rebelled against your Word and will. For the sake of Jesus, forgive me. Amen.

Excerpted from Mercy, Passion & Joy – Reflections on the Writings of C.S. Lewis by Dr. Joel Heck

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