The Lenten season begins this week—forty days of contemplation on the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus, before his ultimate resurrection on Easter Sunday. It all begins with Ash Wednesday.

Free WWe SHARABLE-1 (2)Dust and ashes—we were formed by the LORD God from the dust of the earth, and to dust and ashes we will return. (See Genesis 3:19.) Abraham the father of our faith declared “…I am nothing but dust and ashes…” (Genesis 18:27).

Given our composition and our ultimate return to dust and ashes, how then should we live? In all these matters—in life, death and eternity—Jesus shows us the way. Lent gives us an opportunity to set aside time to examine these things.

Ashes signify repentance—a turning away from sin and self, and a turning toward our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Genuine repentance is a gift from God. It requires change—deep personal change. My flesh—my human nature—resists change. But during this season Jesus calls us to change. He beckons us to follow Him. He calls us to give up those things that we foolishly cling to in order to embrace His mission for us.

Are you ready for repentance? Are you ready for change? Are you ready to set your affections on the One who loved you all the way—to the sharp point of three iron nails on a wooden cross?

If your answer is yes, then I invite you to journey with me. Beginning this Wednesday evening, I will be posting a series of excerpts from my biblical novel, The Soldier Who Killed a King. This an opportunity to journey through Holy Week as seen through the eyes of Marcus Longinus, a Roman centurion.

Keep this in mind. God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).