RISE Lent Reflection: Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 11th, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 11th, 2018



Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

–John 3:14-21



In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds Nicodemus of the story told in Numbers 21, where the Israelites prayed that God would deliver their enemy into their hands after being attacked by them and God answered their prayers. When God did this, the Israelites did not have thankfulness in their hearts for what he did for them. Here we are reminded of the true nature of sin, which is not just a failure to be good to others, but a willful departure from God Himself. To fix the gap created by sin, it takes not just repentance, but also an intervention from the Lord to bridge that gap and bring His children back to their rightful place. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” We are reminded that through Jesus, God has built that bridge once again so that we can be reunited with our Father in Heaven.



Today reach out to someone who has been struggling with their sins and remind them that God loves them and is always waiting with open arms.



Today’s Health Challenge: Rest

Sunday, the day of rest is here! Tonight try and go to bed at a time so you can get 7 hours of sleep.



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