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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Categories: Devotion

Devotion for Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Lectionary Readings for Pentecost Tuesday:  

Exodus 19:2-8

Psalm 100

Romans 5:6-15

Matthew 9:35-10:20

Collect of the Day: Almighty, eternal God, in the Word of Your apostles and prophets You have proclaimed to us Your

saving will. Grant us faith to believe Your promises that we may receive eternal salvation; through Jesus

Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn of the Day:  God Loved the World So That He Gave (LSB 571)

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But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

So…who would you be willing to die for? I’m sure if I asked that question, I’d get many calls for family and friends. Some my say their country, or an ideal that they cling to. Maybe if you a saw a stranger about to be killed, you’d step in to save them, but probably not. And how many of you would willingly lay down your life for an enemy? I’ve been hearing many of you grumbling about the current governments over this quarantine (When I say you, I mean we…I’ve been complaining too, I know), but how many of you would be willing to lay down your life for our Prime Minister? How about for the man sitting in the oval office right now? How many of you would be willing to die for him? Let’s go a step further. How many of you would have jumped in front of a bullet heading towards Stalin? Hussein? Bin Laden? What about leaders of false religions or those who are currently teaching things opposed to God’s Word and leading some away from the truth? Would you die for them?

For while we were still weak, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)

The ungodly. Enemies of God. Those who condemn Him and His children, who lie, murder, and steal – all for their own personal gain. Those who think of themselves before they think of the well being of others. For us. Think I’m stretching it? That you’re not that bad? Scripture tells us otherwise – we are all born unclean – children of wrath – enemies of God – None are righteous, no not one. In God’s eyes we are all the lowest of the low. Sure, by our standards there are varying degrees of bad, but by God’s standards even the smallest infraction deserves separation from Him and eternal death. In short, we deserve hell.

Why? Because in Adam all fell. All of us, all of creation, fell from the perfection that God had created. That is the truth as Scripture tells it. You now have two options: believe the Word of God, or believe those who are like you – fallen and broken – as they cry out injustice and claim hardship. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather take my chances with the Creator instead of the created. But if we side with God and His Word, where does that leave us?

It leaves us as sinners. Which is great news! Well…it’s great news according to our reading today anyways:

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Yes, we were broken. Yes, we were separated from God and deserving of hell. And No, there was nothing we could do about it ourselves. But God knew all that, and still loves us. God knew our inability to get out of this jam ourselves, and so sent someone to bring us out of it. Yes, God knew that we deserved death for our trespasses, so He send a substitute.  He sent Christ to die for the sinners; to die for the ungodly.

Thanks be to God that His love is so great that He loves us even when we willfully disobey Him. Thank be to God that He loves us even when we think our own life more valuable than that of our neighbour. Thanks be to God that He send His own Son so that, even though we were still mired in our self-centred sin, He could take our place and bring us forgiveness. Thanks be to God that He gives all of this to us freely.

Lord God, heavenly Father, we give you thanks that out of love for Your fallen creation You sent Your Son into the Word to bear our sin and be our Saviour. Help us in our daily dealings to share that love with all those who cross our paths, from our friends and family to strangers and enemies, that in all we do, the people around us would see Your love shining through. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

In Christ and His service,

Pastor Rapp

Author: Roslyn Zehr