It Is Finished (Week 2): SUNDAY
With all the noise in the world, do you hear the voice of God? Your calendar tells you what to do, but do you remember who you are? Being comes before doing. This is a call to put first things first. Return to the Lord with this daily pattern of prayer and devotion. Set aside this time as a sanctuary. Find a space free of distraction and follow this pattern.
Lord, I have a one word prayer today: Help! You are the Savior of those in desperation. What else can I say? I cannot get out of this. I have no answers. I don’t know what to do, even in the next moment. All I have is a child’s call: Help! Amen.
O God of salvation, have mercy on me, according to your steadfast love.
At discouragement, I lose heart. Give me patience and a steadfast heart.
At success, I want more. Give me gratitude and contentment.
At pain, I flee. Give me courage and fortitude.
At temptation, I give in. Give me faithful endurance.
At criticism, I get angry. Give me humility and growth.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love.
Word: John 11:25
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”
For many of us, the weather is cold in early Lent. But in 5-6 weeks, when Easter Sunday arrives, snow will be gone. The ground will be warm. The color green will emerge. Traditionally, the Sundays in Lent serve as “little Easters.” They are like a glimpse of spring in the middle of winter. They provide a break from the penitential focus on our sin and Christ’s suffering. In these Sundays in Lent, take time to contemplate the resurrection of our Lord.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)
Resurrection is not a theory or an idea. It is not primarily a doctrine. Jesus himself is resurrection and life. The Christian faith is extraordinarily personal. We believe in a Person, not a proposition. We put our hope and trust in Christ as Savior.
On this Sunday, focus on this resurrection verse. If your life feels like winter, remember that spring is coming. If all you see is death and loss, know that resurrection is the final word.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (II Peter 3:18)
*Today's devotion is taken from It Is Finished by Jeff Cloeter, published by CTA – Christ to All at ctainc.com