Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 18, 2012
Sermon: Pastor John Christopherson
First Lesson: Numbers 21:4–9
Though God provides food and water for the Israelites in the wilderness, they whine and grumble. They forget about the salvation they experienced in the exodus. God punishes them for their sin, but when they repent God also provides a means of healing: a bronze serpent lifted up on a pole.
Psalm 107:1–3, [17–22]
You deliver your people from their distress. (Ps. 107:19)
Second Lesson: Ephesians 2:1–10
While we were dead in our sinfulness, God acted to make us alive as a gift of grace in Christ Jesus. We are saved not by what we do but by grace through faith. Thus our good works are really a reflection of God’s grace at work in our lives.
Gospel: John 3:[1–15] 16–17 [18–21]
To explain the salvation of God to the religious leader, Nicodemus, Jesus refers to the scripture passage quoted in today’s first reading. Just as those who looked upon the bronze serpent were healed, so people will be saved when they behold Christ lifted up on the cross.
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