'Prepare our hearts'
he Lenten season is usually a time of reflection for most Christians and in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent, some persons embark on a spiritual journey in preparing their hearts for Easter.
However, according to Pastor Rollington Morgan of the John Austin Baptist Church in Pennants, Clarendon, we should not only seek to prepare our hearts for Easter.
"We should seek to be prepared for any time on any day. We should seek to prepare our hearts for always. The Bible says in
1 Thessalonians 5:2 that the day of the Lord cometh like a thief in the night, which simply means that the Lord will make an unexpected appearance, so we should always seek to be prepared," explained the roving minister.
"Although some people do not appreciate or celebrate Easter, it's a time when Christ was preparing His heart to go back to meet his father in glory, so we, too, should also seek to prepare our hearts to meet our Lord and life giver. It is not just a season to prepare for the holiday or to indulge in bun and cheese, there is a deeper source of life living and putting our hearts where it is supposed to be which is in tune with the master," Morgan told Family and Religion.
He said that Easter is a time when we remember the death of Christ and His resurrection. "I also believe He was here on Earth and was like us humans and died for the remission of our sins. I don't believe in the paganism of Easter, but I believe in the Christ who died for us."
Not everyone celebrates Easter because it is seen as a pagan holiday, but that doesn't mean they don't believe in the crucifixion and that Christ died and was raised on the third day. So even if we don't believe (in) Easter, we should believe (in) Him who created the Earth.
"Some people go on extended periods of fasting and prayer during Easter, but that isn't necessarily the case for me. You have to continue to fast to have power not just for 21 days during Easter for Lent," reasoned the pastor, who said that those are some of the traditional things persons do. "Christ is bigger than tradition. We need to fast and pray constantly whether once per week or three times per month. We have to do it so that we can overcome because the time is getting worse and worse," he said.