Luke 9:20-25:  “But who do you say that I Am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of GOD.” But He warned them & instructed them not to tell this to anyone,  saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things & be rejected by the elders & chief priests & scribes, & be killed & be raised up on the third day.” And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, & take up his cross daily & follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world & loses or forfeits himself?
Preparing for JESUS death, burial, & resurrection will involve a public declaration that JESUS is the Christ . . . the Messiah. This is true not merely during the Lent season but every moment of every day.
In this fallen & broken world in which we live, to make such a public declaration will result in persecution & suffering. Followers of JESUS around the world are experiencing imprisonment & even death because of their love for JESUS. If we are not experiencing some level of persecution perhaps we should look within our hearts & souls & question the depths of our love for JESUS. JESUS is clear, to truly follow Him requires denial of self even to the point of death.
This season of Lent may be an opportunity for such heart & soul searching. How could we possibly ever understand the significance of the Cross and how could we possibly ever wildly celebrate His glorious resurrection!
JESUS is Risen . . . !