St Mark’s Lenten Thoughts, Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Lent Week Two—Saturday

Psalm 75 Jeremiah 5:20-31 Romans 3:19-31 John 7:1-13

Through Jesus, God delivers all of us from accountability for our sins under the Law of Moses. Through our sinful nature, however, we fall short of the glory of God. It is only through the death and resurrection of Jesus that we are justified by Grace. Christ Jesus suffered for us and our sins and gave us this gift of grace. Our sinful nature is laid at the foot of Jesus’s Cross, and we are redeemed by His blood.

As we live our lives, it can at times be difficult for us to see past our own selfishness. Only through prayer, study of scripture, and building a relationship with God, are we able to see past our own self-centeredness and put our faith and trust in the love of Jesus and His Father. As we walk through life, it is important that we become aware of the love and attentiveness of the Living God who walks with us. We should always strive to become a shining light to others who share our pathways through this our transitory life.

Jesus’s Apostles were able to look past the Human Jesus and see not just their friend, but their Lord and the author of their salvation. Through our faith and trust in that same Jesus, we share that same love and tenderness that they shared. We not only have the opportunity to look to the Lord in prayer, but the opportunity to trust in His gentle nature and His loving Grace. It is this grace that welcomes us back no matter how many times we stray like lost sheep. Jesus is truly the guiding light for our lives and a safe and secure place in time of trouble.

-Murray Viser

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