On Wednesday you might have seen people at work, in the grocery store, or at the gas station with a smudge of ashes on their foreheads. Do you know why?
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent - time when we prepare to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. And so, on Ash Wednesday we put ashes on our foreheads to symbolize that we'll spend the next 40 days remembering Christ's sacrifice and grieving that he needed to die on the cross. But that introduces a good question, doesn't it?
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
You may feel like you're supposed to know the answer... but do you?
If we're going to celebrate Easter together in a few weeks, it seems that we should spend Lent making sure we know why Easter is so important. And so, during the first three Sundays of Lent, we'll be exploring the important question of "why did Jesus have to die" in a sermon series called "ENOUGH?"
Can you guess why it's called "ENOUGH?" Is it because we hadn't done ENOUGH good deeds for God to forgive our sins? Is it because God was frustrated with our sin and said "I've finally had ENOUGH!!" Or, is it because we could never be good ENOUGH for God to love us without this extraordinary act?
We'll give you a hint... none of those are very good answers. But, you'll have to come to church on Sunday to find out why "ENOUGH" is the perfect word to describe why Jesus died for us!