Lent 3C

Focus

Give up false security; repent lest you fall

During Lent God calls us to give up our sin. His pointed attacks against the sins that beset his people help us put off the attitudes and actions of our sinful nature. His perfect righteousness as our substitute assures us that we are right with God and empowers us in godly living. Today Jesus attacks complacency and security. No sooner are we assured of God’s love than we are tempted to think that we have done something to earn or deserve it. We must always remember the importance of repentance. If we think we are standing firm because of our character or merit, we are in danger of falling. Thankfully, God graciously gives us time to turn to him and trust in his mercy.

Lessons

First Lesson: Numbers 16:23-40 Those who think they are standing firm end up perishing.
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Paul warns those who think they are standing firm.
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Tragedy should not produce false security but rather repentance.
Psalm: Psalm 38

Suggestions

Rev. Jonathan P. Bauer

Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

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