Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 7, 2019
(Isaiah 53:6 NIV) "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
Most of us don’t have much experience with sheep. Yet they are often thought of as stupid animals that ‘follow the leader’.
We’ve strayed from the pastures God would have us feed in. God would feed us – and all mankind – with his holy, inspired Word, the Bible. We have followed our own sinful desires, people in the world around us, and Satan, the father of all evil. God would have us learn his Law – to show our sinfulness and need of a Savior – and his Gospel – to show us a Savior from our sins. He would love to feed us in pastures and places such as those described in Psalm 23 and Psalm 1.
But we have done our own thing, and that is not a good thing. It is disobedience to God and straying from his care.
Because of that, someone had to be punished. God chose to rescue and redeem us, and he laid on his only-begotten Son the sins of us, of all men.
Believe this, and you will receive eternal joys such as those hinted at in Psalm 23!
O Lord, we beseech Thee, mercifully to sustain and preserve Thy people, that by Thy great goodness we may be preserved evermore in both body and soul. This we ask through Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord.