“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
To assure us of our salvation Jesus took the initiative taking to Himself our sins to Himself. Here we see God’s great exchange. Your sins are replaced with God’s perfection. This was the Father’s only plan. There is no other way. The only way for you to have your sins removed is for Jesus to take them and bear them in His own body. In this death we find life, not to be lived at our own choosing but according to His direction. Holy Week will soon be upon us. As we mark the Savior's Passion we will find salvation offered to all who come in faith.
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your might power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent, Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS