Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 1: Faith – John 3:1-18

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life .For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (NIV)

Today we begin a forty day pilgrimage we call the season of Lent. It is a journey of faith as we watch with the Savior observing his passion, suffering, death and resurrection. In the famous conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus we are reminded of the reason why Jesus suffered and died. He came as the Father’s gift. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. In love the Father sent His only Son for you. Jesus came to this world take your sin to Himself. Believing in Him you now have life in His name. Thanks be to God for this most precious gift. Thanks be to God that your sin is paid for and the guarantee of heaven is yours.

As you walk with the Savior during this Lenten pilgrimage keep your focus on Calvary’s cross and the empty tome in the garden. There you will find the marks of your salvation. Thanks be to God for this generous gift.

Almighty and everlasting God, You despise nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts that lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness we may receive from You full pardon and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

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