What Wondrous Love

Lent is here, and it is time to hear about and meditate on the wondrous love God shows us as Christ makes his journey to the cross.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day season of Lent, and worship that day focuses intently on our need to realize and repent of our own sin. Along with that repentance is the assurance of forgiveness we receive in God’s Word and the Lord’s Supper.

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The Keys and Confession

Based On: Mark 15:37

Tonight let us look at Mark chapter 15, verse 37. “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.” It was finally over. After hours of pain, torture and the shedding of much blood it finally ended. Christ was dead and our sins were paid for. It was Christ’s suffering and his last breath that won forgiveness for our sins.

The Bible mentions Jesus’ breath one other time. That was on the third day after his death on the cross. In the evening of that first Easter Jesus came to the disciples while they were in that locked room and the Bible says, “he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’”

The two events are intimately connected. On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for every sin that anyone has ever or will ever commit. On Easter Sunday Jesus tells his disciples, and therefore he tells the church, that they have the power to forgive or withhold forgiveness for sins.

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