You can’t just compete in an Olympic Games. The road to the Olympics requires considerable self-sacrifice and preparation. And you can’t just get a car licence without first obtaining a learners permit and undergoing a test.
In fact, there’s not a lot any of us can achieve without first going through a period of learning and preparation.
We go to school to prepare us for life. We study to pass exams. We generally have a trial on probation, before being appointed to a permanent position and we have an engagement period, before getting married.
So it seems obvious, for us to really appreciate the true significance of Easter, we must first undergo a time of preparation. Many Churches refer to this period as the season of Lent.
The journey to Easter requires Christians to retrace the steps of our Saviour on the road to Calvary.
Our forward focus through life is aimed at achieving our goals, rather than centring on the pain of the preparation. So too, our focus through Lent can be more positive if it is directed at the miracle of Easter, rather than the suffering and death on Calvary.
By dying, Jesus proved to us all he was man, but by rising, He proved He was God.