Lectionary 20th April 2019

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Further on yesterday. The work of Christ is complete in and of itself, and as Hebrews writes, if we believe Christ rose from the dead and proclaim him as Lord, we will be saved. Note that this is not proclaiming Caesar as Lord, as the Jews did in his trial. Christ died so that we could have this choice.

And the suffering of Christ was great. Far greater than any we would have, far greater than the hatred this world has for us, But we do not trust in this world. We trust in God, and he is steadfast.

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:19-24 ESV

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,[a] arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:1-8, ESV

We are called to love, and proclaim to others, in their lost state, the good news of Christ. It is not a loving thing to leave them without the means of salvation. Do not listen to those who distort the gospel to meet the needs of this world at this time. The Gospel has always been more than that.

For Christ did not just suffer and die for our sins. He rose again. Our God is faithful, and will save those who meet him, and kneel now. For he is the eternal Lord, any other is a lie. Far better that we speak truth.