Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 42:14-21

“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.  These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” – Isaiah 42:16

A woman during the time of pregnancy waits with expectant heart for the birth of her child.  The pains of labor come upon her suddenly, but the sorrow turns to joy at the bringing forth of the child.  In our text, our heavenly Father also makes known that the time for the sending of His Son will be coming soon.

His Son, being sent, leads the blind in paths that they do not know and makes rough places level ground.  Jesus is the Son of God who is sent forth to suffer death on the cross for our sins.  On account of His blood shed for us we have eternal life.  Jesus Christ is the light of the world and in Him the darkness of sin is cast off.

In this Lenten season, we await the great and glorious day of our Lord’s resurrection.  We know that we pass through this season fully aware that we deserve to be forsaken for our sins, but Our Father has promised not to forsake us because in the death of His Son our sins are forgiven.  Christ lights the path leading us along the level path to eternal life.

Prayer: This Lamb is Christ, the souls great friend, The Lamb of God our Savior, whom God the Father chose to send to gain for us His favor. “Go forth, My Son,” the Father said, “And free My children from their dread of guilt and condemnation.  The wrath and stripes are hard to bear, but by your passion they will share the fruit of Your salvation (A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth, LSB 438:2).

This devotion was written by Rev. Andrew Gray – Pastor of St. John Lutheran in Marengo.

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