“Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.” -Psalm 25:10
“Beloved: Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit.” -1 Peter 3:18
“Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.'” -Mark 1:14-15
Today’s bible readings talked about a renewal, a new beginning, and God constantly being active in our lives to help destroy evil. He is a god of love, who wants what is best for us, giving us chances to make things right again!
God first led Noah and a few people to find refuge in an arc and stay safe, while the rest of the world got destroyed. God saw all the evil that grew and wanted to make His earth new again. He was working to lead His people back to goodness and faith. The arc represents safety, an enclosure away from evil.
The people over the years; however, drew back to evil ways and were tempted again, and God decided to do something bigger. He wasn’t just going to save a few people like He did with Noah and the crew on the arc. He decided to let everyone have a chance to be saved.
God sent Jesus as the new “arc” to save His people.
There is only one factor in this new plan to restore God’s people. Choice. Each of us must choose Jesus in order to be saved. We must follow God and keep His commandments, repent and believe.
Jesus is our refuge. He is the way to a new beginning free from sin and evil. God sent Jesus to us as our arc, to turn to him for forgiveness and everlasting safety. He is our salvation.
As the season of lent begins, let us recognize our bad habits and sinful ways and turn to Jesus. Even Jesus was tempted, but he stayed strong, pure, and godly.
God sees us, loves us, and wants to save us from the evil of this earth. Let us be children of God and follow Him, for He will bless us a thousand times over with forgiveness and eternal life. May we be more mindful of God’s work in our lives as He leads us closer to Christ. Amen.