For Sunday the 10th of March, 2024 (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
As we gather for worship this Sunday the appointed Scripture readings speak of the amazing grace of God. In the Old Testament reading we hear how the people rebelled against God and the leader He had given them and were punished with deadly serpents. When they repented, however, God provided for their rescue with a bronze serpent raised up on a pole. “And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:9). In the Gospel Jesus says that He is our bronze snake, lifted up on a cross so that in place of death we might have eternal life. Paul summarizes God’s mercy toward sinners beautifully: “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). May we always look to Christ and live!