Today is Ash Wednesday, the day Christians enter into the season of Lent. It’s a day when many of us enter into thoughtful introspection about the reality of our condition (called sin) which prompted God’s final solution through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son Jesus. It’s also a time many of enter into a time of fasting as we await the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter. Why do we fast, be it from food, technology, or certain activities?
Here’s a great explanation by NT Wright: “We need to take time and make the effort to bring our lives into line with the new reality. We do not fast because we commemorate some great national disaster. We fast because, as those already caught up in Jesus’ kingdom-project, in God’s new world, we need to be sure that we are saying a firm goodbye to everything in us that still clings to the old.”