Celebrating Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, the Beginning of Lent

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Want more joy in your Christian life? God ordained special days in Scripture for His people to focus on Him and enjoy His goodness. This article provides one way to discover our Lord more fully and bring more contentment into life…to celebrate the beginning of Lent.

Jesus died on Passover, the perfect sacrifice to wash away the sins of man. He rose from the dead, the first and only man to ever do so, on the third day. Forty days later, on Ascension Day, Jesus ascended into heaven.[1] Fifty days after Passover, which is ten days after Jesus’ ascension, the Jews celebrate the Feast of the First Fruits, also known as Pentecost (Leviticus 23:9-14)

The season of Lent is intended to help God’s people focus on our sins and our need for deliverance, leading up to the miraculous deliverance of Easter. The Lenten season is 40 days long, reflecting the 40 days of Jesus’ temptation (Luke 4:1-13) and corresponding to 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and His ascension.   

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