Jeremiah 5:20-31, Romans 3:19-31, John 7:1-13
No one likes to be told they are wrong. It is easier and far more comfortable, perhaps even comforting somehow, to point the finger of blame at our neighbor, rather than admit our own failures. Yet, as St. Paul reminds us, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Not one of us is perfect; not one of us has gotten it right. This is the reality of our human condition revealed through the law. It is the truth to which Jesus testified, a truth that won him the hatred and scorn of the world, that sent him to die on the cross. John 7:7
But there on the cross, at the pinnacle of the world’s hatred and disobedience to God’s will, our Lord Jesus hung with arms wide open, embracing us with his perfect obedience and love. All the sins that once prevented us from receiving the goodness of God Jeremiah 5:25 were nailed to the cross of Christ. And we bear the weight of our sin no more. By his death, the barrier of sin has been destroyed. Through Christ Jesus, we are made righteous before God, and his goodness is our reward.
Prayer: Holy God, help us to admit our wrong-doing, that we may repent and welcome the blessings of your grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh, Associate Pastor at
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.