Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday of Lent 2

Tuesday of Lent 2 – March 10, 2020 – Romans 5:1-11
Salvation unto us has come
    By God’s free grace and favor;
Good works cannot avert our doom,
    They help and save us never.
Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,
Who did for all the world atone;
    He is our one Redeemer. [2]

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1

Peace with God. That’s the theme of our hymn verse for today. This is the theme of our salvation. Because of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection we receive peace with God. In short, your salvation is guaranteed.

The love of God is seen in Jesus’ dying for sinners – worthless, evil, polluted people who are forever bent of doing evil. What did God see in a fallen man that he would give his Son to save a people like that? It is not human to do it; we would hardly die for a glorious man, let alone a wicked one, yet “While we were yet sinners” – a glorious phrase that proves God’s grace reaches out to man, who is totally undeserving. This is grace.

Paul seems to be saying that we are saved twice; once by Jesus’ death and once by His life. By Hi death, we are reconciled to God. Is this not enough? Though reconciled while on earth, the final judgment is coming. 

Because of the Resurrection, Jesus will be at the judgment as our Advocate and Mediator. Because He lives, we will be saved from the wrath of God. Why would God do something like this? It had to be love. 

O God, You willed to redeem us from all iniquity by Your Son: Deliver us when we are tempted to regard sin without abhorrence, and let the virtue of his passion come between us and our mortal enemy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives, and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen [3] 

1 Luther’s Seal © Higher Things
2 Salvation unto Us Has Come, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis
3 Collect for Tuesday of Lent 2,  http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm

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