Repent and believe in the GospelMark 1:15
When God made the first man and woman, he didn’t create them out of thin air. First, he crafted Adam from the Earth before breathing life into him. He used the same process for Eve, adding a rib from Adam’s side. Yes, we were created in the image and likeness of God, but we’re still only dust. The Divine Artist used the dust of the Earth as the medium for his masterpiece. Throughout time, mankind has suffered and triumphed and has done wonderful and cruel things, but it’s both comforting and unsettling to remember that we’re simply dust.
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Just as we were made from dust, we’ll become dust again someday. It didn’t have to be this way, but the Fall of Man caused these dire consequences. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, they allowed sin to enter the world, and death came with it. Because of this, in one way or another, our dead decaying bodies will return to the dust of the Earth from whence it came.
All of this might sound nihilistic or dark, but we have to grasp the severity of this reality and take it seriously. On Ash Wednesday, we remember that we will die. When we sin, we choose to turn away from God. Unless we repent, we’ll face eternal death, separated from God forever. Because our sins separate us from God, we continuously repent and seek his forgiveness. We keep this penitential attitude throughout Lent, preparing for our own deaths as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. We stay faithful, avoid temptation, and confess our sins knowing that Christ has conquered the grave and the gates of Heaven are open to all of his followers. Although our bodies might return to dust, our souls will never decay. We don’t have to fear death, but we still must prepare for eternal life.
Repent and believe in the Gospel.
I also want to wish my little brother a happy 20th birthday! I know it’s rough that it fell on Ash Wednesday this year, but offer it up! I’ll be home before you know it to celebrate with you! I love you so much, Jeff!