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God is good–all the time

By Pastor Harun Gatobu
United Methodist Church, Wallace

Philippians 2:4-8 tells us, “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross”.
These are good verses to meditate on during this lent season. Lent is a time to journey with Jesus as he goes to the cross. It is also a time to prepare for Easter.
Jesus Christ who was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited but he emptied himself and became one of us and even died on the cross for our sins.
To die on the cross was shameful and humiliating because it was a capital punishment that the Romans used for notorious criminals. Also, anyone who hanged on the tree was considered to be cursed (Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13).
Lent reminds us, that we are sinners and we are in need of forgiveness. That is why Jesus died for us on the cross.
As I journey with the Lord this Lent, I am reminded of a story of a man who was involved in an accident. His wife and the paramedic people encouraged him to go to the hospital. The man refused. He said, “There’s nothing wrong with me.” They told him, “but sir, you have just been in an accident. You are bleeding and have some deep bruises. There may be internal damage!” The man replied, “I told you, there’s nothing wrong with me!” He walked away but what he did not know is that he had internal bleeding.
Spiritually, when we say, “There’s nothing wrong with me,” It can be a dangerous thing to say.
The Bible tells us that, “there is no one who is righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). It also tells us, “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Lent reminds us that, there’s everything wrong with me, But Jesus Christ has overcome my sin through his death and his resurrection.
So, during this season, I encourage you to practice some Lenten discipline like denying or giving up something so as to identify with Christ who gave up everything for us. I also encourage you to take up something like prayer, devotion and even fasting once in a while.
I wish you a blessed Lenten season.