Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday of Lent 4

Christ, the Life of All the Living – Lutheran Service Book #420
Matthew 27:33-46; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24

Christ the Life of all the living,
Christ the death of death, our foe,
Who thyself for me once giving
To the darkest depths of woe;
Through Thy suff’rings, death and merit
I eternal life inherit.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be;
Dearest Jesus unto Thee.

The Father gives eternal life. In the Old Testament wilderness, anyone who looked at the brass serpent was saved. They were given the invitation to be saved. No one forced them to look. Those who did look were saved from the fiery venom.

Jesus promises that those who believe in Him have everlasting life. This is a gracious invitation to know who Jesus is, give assent to His grace, and trust Him to do what He promises. No strings attached!

Believers have life now. Believers have in their hearts right now the assurance that they are saved through Jesus’ merit. God loves us so much that He give us eternal life.

O God, You justify the ungodly and desire not the death of the sinner. Graciously assist us by Your heavenly aid and evermore shield us with Your protection, that no temptation may separate us from Your love in Christ Jesus, our Lord.[1]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Collect for aid against temptation; © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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