Third Sunday of Lent, March 4, 2018 Genesis 28:10-22
The Lord before becoming a man, the second person of the Godhead appeared to Jacob in a vision with ascending and descending angels. The Son of God tells how all nations will be blessed in Him through the line of Jacob. In thankfulness, Jacob vows to build an altar for the worship of the true God and to tithe. Even now, such promises are pleasing to God. If made in faith without superstition. We have much to be thankful for. Christ is our gateway to heaven. To forgive sins and strengthen our faith, Christ descends to us in His Word and Sacraments. 1
In settling His accounts with us. Our Lord acts not with anger. But with compassion. He does not imprison you. As you deserve. Rather He forgives. All your debts. And releases you. (See Matthew 18:23-27) Therefore, our Lord bids each of us to have mercy. As for you, forgive your brother from your heart. (See Matthew 18:33-35)
Because Jesus has been handed over to the jailers in your stead. He has paid your entire debt. With His life, And with His blood. In Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection you are free.
Hymn: In the Cross of Christ I Glory (Lutheran Service Book 427:2)
When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me;
Lo, it glows with peace and joy.
We praise You Lord for Your promises and mercy. Be with us as we ascend and descend in service to others.
Almighty God, You know that I have no power in myself to help myself: Keep me both outwardly in my body and inwardly in my soul, that I may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen 2
1. Lutheran Study Bible, ©2009 Concordia Publish House, St. Louis
2. Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm