Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Of Ashes and Cross

The ashes rubbed on foreheads in the shape of a cross on Ash Wednesday are a stark reminder of the ultimate passing away of the things of this world, including our very own flesh, as well as a sign warning us that our own righteousness is no cleaner nor longer lasting than the ashes. So we receive these ashes together and begin the season of Lent not to impress anybody with how holy we are, but rather to impress upon each one of us the dire consequences of our own sin and point us to the only way to be saved from those consequences.
To hear or read the entire sermon, "Of Ashes and Cross," click on this link.

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