Sundays – First Service 8:45a | Formation Hour 10:10a | Second Service 11:15a

Today’s Scripture ReadingsPsalm 24; Psalm 29, Jeremiah 1:1-10, 1 Corinthians 3:11-23, Mark 3:31-4:9

Today’s Writer: David Sincerbox

When the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, God told him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:4). Because God is omniscient, or all knowing, his knowledge of us is something that transcends the merely superficial. It is a body and soul knowing: he knows every tendon, muscles, and cell that forms our physical bodies; he knows every experience, thought, influence, prayer, sin and blessing that forms our souls. He knows our every fault, frailty, fear, failure, talent, ability, success. He knows our periods of devotion and our periods of lack of devotion.

But thank God that he is long suffering and patient and that he sees and knows even much more than the mere fact that we are but dust: he knows what we are becoming and what we will ultimately become in Jesus Christ. Despite our sins, he sees us as righteous because of the righteous work of His Son on our behalf.

Lent reminds us that the perpetual darkness we once lived in is no more. Lent also reminds us that Jesus took upon himself the darkness that we once were so that he, the light of the world, could transform us into children of light—his adopted little brothers and sisters and joint-heirs of the kingdom. Despite his knowing our imperfections and failures, the Father loves us and so loved us he was willing to take us, who once were his enemies, and make us into a new creation in Christ—his soon to be beloved bride who will be clothed in white at the great feast that’s yet to be!