Lent 5C

Focus

Give up arrogant formalism; keep your connection to the Savior

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 the arrogant attitude that basis its confidence on a superficial connection to God. This sin showed itself prominently among the people of Israel, who believed that their ancestry made them right with God. We too can easily put our confidence in our ancestry, our church affiliation, or our traditions. Instead, we remain right with God by staying connected to our Savior Jesus.

Lessons

First Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-24 Despite all God had done for Israel, they failed to remain connected to him.
Second Lesson: Romans 11:11-21 Paul warns the Gentiles against being arrogant as the Jews had been.
Gospel: Luke 20:9-19 Arrogant tenants think they can kill the son and still get the inheritance.
Psalm: Psalm 73

Suggestions

Rev. Jonathan P. Bauer

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

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