The Sovereign Love of God
T he S eason of L ent
First Sunday in Lent February 21 - 27, 2021
The Lenten Season, a forty-day period starting on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday of Holy Week, calls us to reflect on Jesus’s suffering, crucifixion, and death. As disciples of the humble Nazarene, we embrace his lowliness and humility, seeking to share the mind of himwho was obedient to death, even death on a cross.
THIS WEEK’S THEME Christ Suffered Once for Sins, 1 Peter 3.18-22
Peter declared God’s saving power in Christ’s suffering once for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. He was offered as our substitute sacrifice, and God raised him again in the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter testified that Jesus proclaimed God’s salvation to the spirits in prison, and now provides God’s very own cleansing and saving power to all, symbolized in baptism. Jesus now is raised to God’s right hand, to a position of glory and honor, for God’s glory alone.
Daily Devotional Guide
Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Father God, who has magnified the name of your Son and exalted him to your right hand in the heavenlies, thank you that you gave him for us as a sacrifice for us, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to you that we might glorify your name. Cause us to understand the glory of your Son, who must reign in power until all his enemies are placed under his feet, at your command. Through Jesus our Lord, amen.
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