Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today's Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 7:11-8:12; Mark 3:20-35

"For He says, 'In the right time, I heard you and in the day of salvation I helped you.' Behold now is the acceptable time. Behold now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord is the Lord of time. He sees it all. He not only knows what's going to happen before it happens, He works it all out for good.

God moved all of history to the Cross. Every moment, every second, every action in creation was set in motion, moved, and shaped so that Jesus could die for your sins and mine. He worked good out of all the evil in the world to redeem His creation.

Jesus comes to save us at just the right time. He's born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem us from the Law so that we would be saints. There was no better time, no more perfect moment, than Good Friday at 3:00 p.m. when He died.

He rose on Easter morning and has delivered His resurrection to us in the waters of Holy Baptism. Now, we have been made children of God --born not of our decision or our changing ourselves--but born of God. Who we are, what we are, was all delivered to us at the font.

In Him, you are holy right now. You are forgiven. You are perfect before God in Jesus. Heaven itself is yours! Eternal life is your life. The Lord sees, right now, the eternity and the Last Day Jesus-clothed you. He couldn't be more pleased with how you are right now.

But at this moment you are also a sinner. On this side of the Cross, you aren't perfect. You are a mess. You live for yourself, sometimes not even acting like someone who owns heaven itself. You don't even feel like you have control of your own life, let alone the universe!

Today, give up seeing yourself the way you are now, and believe that you are perfect in Christ. What's true of you on the Last Day is true of you now. He's going to work out all the points--all the good works--for the good of you and others. That's what He does! He works everything out in history to save you and those around you.

Tomorrow's not going to be better than today. Today is the day of salvation. Right now is the moment He has called you again out of darkness into the Light of His Son. Who you are, who you will be, is found in Jesus. Today, you are the saint that you will be on the Last Day because you are forgiven in Jesus right now. Everything is yours right now in Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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