72 He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant--
73 the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham.
74 We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live. (Luke 1:71-75 NLT)
Zechariah's sang about God's actions to save His people. This is sometimes called "Salvation History." Zechariah recalls God's promise to Abraham and how God acted in the past to rescue His people.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten Season. Lent is a time for Christians to focus on repentance, on asking for God's forgiveness for sins and for His help to lead a God pleasing life. Ashes were a symbol of sorrow for sins and repentance in the Bible.
During the Lenten Season we recall how Jesus saves us from sin, death and the Devil who tempts us wants to condemn us. Because Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and rose from the dead, we are forgiven. The price for our sins has been paid in full. Condemnation is a thing of the past because of Jesus.
"Lent" is an Old English word for Spring. The Lenten Season ends with Easter, which always comes in Spring. This is a good time to remember the Saving History story of Jesus. He saves us and restores us to God's family. His story is our story.