Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent – March 11, 2015

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

“Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:5

A while back there was a movie where the famous line was “I see dead people.” We can all the say the same thing. When we look around at our friends, our families, and especially in the mirror, we too see dead people. We see people who are dead in their trespasses, dead in their sins. We have inherited from our father and mother, Adam and Eve, a terrible disease and curse. We are by nature children of wrath. Left to our own devices, we are dead people walking.

If that were the end of the movie, it would be a terrible tragic thing. But that isn’t the end, for those who have been made alive with Christ. For you have been made alive in the life giving waters of your Baptism. The old Adam in you has been drowned and you have been graciously given a new life. You are no longer a dead man walking, but have been made alive together with Christ. You are connected to Christ’s death and resurrection in your Baptism. And because you have been made alive in Christ, even though you will die a physical death (unless Jesus returns first), you will live forever.

Prayer: From depths of woe I cry to Thee, In trial and tribulation; Bend down thy gracious ear to me, Lord, hear my supplication. If Thou rememb’rest every sin, who then could heaven ever win or stand before thy presence? (From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee, LSB 607:1).

This devotion was written by Reverend David C. Lingard, pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Van Horne, IA.

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