Lent | 3.16.12

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

As I was studying and pondering these scriptures, I was reminded in my spirit of how God’s word is the fuel that powers and increases our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It never ceases to amaze me how our spiritual gas tank becomes low or empty when the slightest bit of adversity comes into our lives.

In the Gospel of John, the third chapter, we read that Moses lifted up the snake of fiery copper in the desert so that the people of Israel had something tangible to “see and believe” in order to be healed. Similarly, God expects us to lift up the Son of Man so that anyone who looks upon him with trust and faith will gain eternal life.

It is important to remember that God loved us so much that He gave his one and only Son, and whoever believes by trusting, clinging to and relying on him will have
eternal life. If we look at Jesus’ earthly ministry we will find that He did not come to condemn or point his finger at us while we were wallowing in our sins. Instead, He came to forgive those sins and set us free. If our sins were tried in God’s court then only those who trust Him and believe in God’s redemption and saving grace would be acquitted. However, those who refuse His will and His way to perpetual life will be judged with an eternal death sentence.

The old but famous hymn Amazing Grace states, “I once was blind, but now I see.” The disciple John extols the importance of living in the light and rebuking darkness. The light, the Son of Man, came into the world to open our blinded eyes and bring us out of the darkness of our sins. God sent His son into the world to redeem mankind. But often we are not willing to receive the light because we love the trappings of darkness more than practicing the necessary discipline of pleasing God.

As we move forward toward Easter and the celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us be reminded that God willingly gave His
only begotten son as an advocate for our sins in order that we may live in truth and have eternal life. May God richly bless all those who trust, embrace and yield to His light.

Gary Hunter
Telecommunications Services Manager

You can download the full Lent and Holy Week Devotional Guide at:http://www.belmont.edu/religion/files/lent-devotional-2012-final.pdf

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