Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: John 3:1-17

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the Son of Man be lifted up that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” – John 3:14-15

It was nothing but a bronze snake on a pole. Yet, because of God’s promise, anyone who looked at it recovered from a poisoned snake-bite.  All they needed was enough faith to look.  Whether they were certain before they left or simply trying the last option open to them, they were saved from death.

A similar but greater promise is attached to the crucified Christ.  Everyone who turns to Him will be saved from every form of death and receive eternal life. The life He gives survives the grave and continues forever. Whether your faith is great or the weakest of hopes, Christ, the Son of Man, will raise you from death and grant you this gift. That is His promise, a promise backed by the saving power of God.

Prayer: Grant us to grow in grace each day That by this sacrament we may Eternal life inherit (All Who Believe and Are Baptized, LSB 601:2).

This devotion was written by Rev. Chris Hinkle – Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Wapello.

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