Lent | 3.20.12
1 Corinthians 10:6-13
Much of the story of humankind involves our rejection of God. From the rebellion of Adam and Eve against the Lord in the garden of Eden to the present time, we have fought against God and the good things God does for us. Just like the Israelites in the passage from Numbers 20, we have complained and not trusted in the Lord to provide for our needs.
Fortunately for us, God had a plan! As it is written, the people “cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress” (Psalm 107:13). He provided Jesus, who, through his crucifixion and resurrection, paid the price for our sins and earned the salvation of our souls. The good Lord Almighty “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
As a result, Easter is a celebration of the reconciliation of God and humankind. “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south” (Psalm 107:2-3). We sing hymns with inspiring lyrics, such as “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.” As part of our celebration, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind” (Psalm 107:8).
Despite its rough beginning, the human story has a happy ending. We are the ones “on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
You can download the full Lent and Holy Week Devotional Guide at:http://www.belmont.edu/religion/files/lent-devotional-2012-final.pdf