Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 8th

Friday, March 8, 2013 – Psalm 105; Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-17; Romans 6:1-11 and John 8:33-47

As we begin today, hear the full reading from Romans, it’s a great text which reminds us of what God does for us as we believe and trust in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Hear God’s word to us.

Romans 6:1-11 – 1What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Then from the Gospel of John, hear this portion of today’s reading.

John 8:33-47 – 34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Thanks to our Lord, Jesus Christ we are freed from death because of our sins and made alive to all that is good. Does our new found freedom in Christ mean we can continue in sin? No, our new found freedom in Christ calls us to live celebrating all God has done for us through Christ. Our focus should be all that Christ did for us and how we can live and abide in Christ daily, finding ways to share this gift with others.

Do we continue to sin. Yes, but as we abide in Christ and let Christ abide in us, we find ourselves continually called back to the new life offered in Christ. In our lifetime we’ll never be perfect, but in Christ we can always begin each new day by focusing upon what Christ did for us and seeking to hear his voice calling us to follow him.

Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God for all God has done for us in Christ, and thanks be to God for new opportunities to serve him each and every day. Amen.

Psalm 105 – 1   O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2   Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.

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