Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday of Lent 4

Tuesday of Lent 4 –March 24, 2020 – Romans 5:2

He came from His blest throne
    Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
    The longed-for Christ would know.
But, oh, my friend,
    My friend indeed,
    Who at my need
His life did spend! [2]

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:2

We rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” because “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:2, 5).

Life flows from Justification. Christians have peace with God through the reconciliation made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross. 

By grace through faith, we are one with God in peace and harmony. Out of this connection comes reasons to rejoice: we share in the glory of God (verse 2); we experience suffering that eventuates in hope (verses 3, 4); and we are reconciled to God through Christ (verse 11).  In our suffering, sin, and weakness, God comes to us in love expressed in the death of Christ.

O God, with You is the well of life, and in your light, we see light: Quench our thirst with living water, and flood our darkened minds with heavenly light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. [3]

Lord God heavenly Father, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, Your servant Moses proclaimed the resurrection to the children of Israel to give them hope in the midst of their darkness. As we journey to the darkness of the cross, give us hope to look beyond it to the light of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. [4]
1. Luther’s Seal © Higher Things
2. My Song is Love Unknown, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
3. Collect  for Tuesday of Lent 4,  http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm
4. Collect for Tuesday of Lent 4, Lutheran Service Book © Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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