4th Thursday of Lent
And I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, seated at the right hand of God, the almighty Father, from where he will come to judge the living and the dead.
When we were created by God the Father and received from him all kinds of good things, the devil came and led us into disobedience, sin, death, and all misfortune. As a result, we lay under God’s wrath and displeasure, sentenced to eternal damnation, as we had merited it and deserved it. There was no counsel, no help, no comfort for us until this only and eternal Son of God, in his unfathomable goodness, had mercy on us because of our misery and distress and came from heaven to help us. Those tyrants and jailers have now been routed, and their place has been taken by Jesus Christ, the Lord of life, righteousness, and every good and blessing. He has snatched us, poor lost creatures, from the jaws of hell, won us, made us free, and restored us to the Father’s favor and grace. As his own possession he has taken us under his protection and shelter, in order that he may rule us by his righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and blessedness.
God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Romans 5:8-10
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Nine of our regular attendees were present at Midweek School on the Wednesday night when we wrote this Lenten Devotion. We asked for a response to three questions relating to “I believe in Jesus.”
Why do you believe in Jesus Christ?
Alina: because he is who the Bible tells us about and books don’t lie.
Camille: because I need to; as he gives me faith.
Griffin: because my mother’s side is Christian.
Isabel: because he is the Son of God.
Luke: because he is our Savior and the Son of God.
Mia: because multiple people retell his story with only minor details changed; he died on the cross to take away our sins; it feels right; he healed and resurrected; he was prophesized by Isaiah and Jeremiah; and he was resurrected from the grave.
Ryan: because he can help me not worry.
Sofia: because he is the Son of God.
Tyler: because he has helped me get through my life.
Who is Jesus Christ to you?
Alina: he is our Savior.
Camille: my faith and my Lord who helps me get through hard times.
Griffin: my God.
Isabel: the person who gives forgiveness.
Luke: my helper, guider, and master.
Mia: the light of the world, the love in the world and the bearer of truth.
Ryan: someone who loves and helps everyone.
Sofia: the Son of God; a special person whom I believe in.
Tyler: a good person.
What has Jesus done for you in your lifetime?
Alina: Jesus has made sure my Great Grandmother and close friend went to heaven and have a good life there.
Camille: Jesus has given me faith; he also gives love and loves me too, I know this.
Griffin: He has given me a family, house and a life.
Isabel: He has made my life easier.
Luke: Jesus has forgiven me for all the bad things and has helped me when no one else would.
Mia: Jesus kept me and others safe. He helped me to see God in a clearer way. Helped me love the Bible and all the stories within it. He guides me in what I say and do.
Ryan: He has helped me to not be so worried.
Sofia: Jesus has helped me through hard times and he has given me responsibilities that I can do.
Tyler: He has helped me get through hard times.
A Note from Mrs. Gillam: September through January our Midweek curriculum covered Jesus’ birth through his ascension (along with a few Midweek secrets). The class has worked hard to develop a clearer understanding of Jesus’ life and death and the events of Holy Week. We are very proud of them.
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that these Midweek students, those absent, all future Midweek students, and all children will grow to know and love Jesus Christ, the Lord of life, righteousness, and every good and blessing. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.
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