1st Sunday of Lent. We’ve been fighting only half a week, but the battle has already been rough at times. We asked God to search us, and wickedness was everywhere. Our desires screamed for control. Our sins tempted us. We were accused and found failing. These first few days have been bitter. We’re a little weary and ready for Sunday! Rest for our soul and joy in the morning! Sunday is here and we breathe a sigh of relief, remembering the one who fights for us. He did what we cannot, overcoming the power of sin’s chains on us and setting us free. So today we feast in thankfulness to the One Who Fights for us. His victory is sweet like the taste of water and honey after wandering in the desert. We have prepared a feast for today with all the good things God has given us to enjoy. We will embrace our family and sing to our Father, hungry to hear all He has done. At the feast there is good food and sweets and friends and family all around. A good day enjoying His good gifts.
Just before the day ends the kids turn out all the lights and we come to the table one more time. The Easter Candle holder has 7 candles in it (there are 5 in our Christmas one). Tonight we light them all just like we did on Christmas Day. Jesus is the light that has come, the physical presence that humans could see with their own eyes. The Darkness is this world broken by sin. With all the candles lit we read,
I John 1:5-10 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
And with these words in mind we snuff out one candle, remembering our sin and how it brought Jesus in love down the road to the cross. The darkness reminds us to get back into the battle against our sin as we enter back into another week of preparing for Easter. It may be another bitter week but it is well worth the fight.