Easter People Embrace Repentance

We know we’re going to live forever!  In Christ, we will live, even though we die!  That makes us brave to admit sin and repent.  What exactly is repentance?

Repentance is a U-turn, a change of heart.  You admit your sin openly without cutting corners or blaming anyone but yourself. 

You are sorry, but instead of trying to be your own savior, you trust in Jesus!  You believe you’re saved by His finished work and desire to change your sinful ways.  Knowing that you have an eternal home in heaven waiting for you gives you extra courage to do that.  Your sins are not going to last forever, but your home with Jesus does!  Why do anything to offend him?

Listen to these verses from Hosea 13:14 as we hear the prophet Hosea talking to the people of Israel. 

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Today’s prayer is the hymn “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” – written by Girolamo Savonarola in the late 1400’s.  He died as a martyr in 1498 for preaching about Jesus, the refuge of the weary.  This hymn is hymn #409 in our Christian Worship hymnals.

Jesus, refuge of the weary, blest Redeemer whom we love!  Fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above.  Often have your eyes, offended, gazed upon the sinner’s fall.  Yet, upon the cross extended, you endured the pain of all! 

Dare we pass that cross unheeding, breathing no repentant vow, as we see you wounded, bleeding, see your thorn-encircled brow?  Since your sinless death has brought us life eternal, peace and rest; only what your grace has taught us calms the sinner’s deep distress.

Prayer: Jesus, may our hearts be burning, with more fervent love for you!  May our eyes be ever-turning to behold your cross anew.  Till in glory, parted never, from the blessed Savior’s side; graven in our hearts forever, dwell the cross, the Crucified!  Amen.

Nathan Buege
Pastor, Victory of the Lamb Lutheran Church
Katy, TX

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1
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