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God's Glory is to Have Mercy

March 08, 2020 Fr. Brian, Lent 2 Season 2 Episode 19
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God's Glory is to Have Mercy
Mar 08, 2020 Season 2 Episode 19
Fr. Brian, Lent 2

What an interesting text we have this morning.  With all the fear and uncertainty that the Corona virus is causing.  We have a Gospel text that relates back to a time when the Nation of Israel was wrapped in fear from a deadly circumstance surrounding them 

Every Jew, especially a Pharisee knew that this story of Moses was about the power and saving grace of God.  Numbers 21describes a time when God had moved mightily among the Nation of Israel and instead of continuing to trust God as a Nation the people became impatient and started complaining and speaking badly about God and Moses.  

 God allowed poisonous serpents to become prevalent and many Israelites died by their venom.  Eventually the people repented and cried out to God to save them and he did by instructing Moses to make a bronze serpent on a pole and whenever someone got bit they would have to repent, turn and look to this serpent on a pole to be healed and saved from certain death.  And that is exactly what happened.

Like Nicodemus, there may be a lot that we don’t understand in regards to faith, but God wants us to know that what we do not understand should not keep us away from faith in Jesus Christ.  In fact, it is only when we take a step of faith towards Jesus that what we did not understand becomes clear because of the saving nature of what faith in Jesus brings into our lives.  

Why is it always God’s glory to have mercy?  Because when God gives mercy, when God does not give us what our sins deserve, and when instead God offers a way of grace, something we do not deserve but he still provides a way for us to be saved, to be rescued, to be healed, to be restored.  When we understand what our sin deserves and see Jesus as this gift from God, we will repent and turn to Jesus and when we do we will experience the power of new life in Him.  And this new life, this salvation, this going form certain death to life will produce a gratitude in our heart that moves us to unshakeable faith where we remember, where we listen, where we begin hear the words of Jesus and follow his voice, the unchangeable Truth of Jesus, because we know how special this man really was, is, and forever will be.

A life that encounters Jesus is always for the Glory of God.

Show Notes

What an interesting text we have this morning.  With all the fear and uncertainty that the Corona virus is causing.  We have a Gospel text that relates back to a time when the Nation of Israel was wrapped in fear from a deadly circumstance surrounding them 

Every Jew, especially a Pharisee knew that this story of Moses was about the power and saving grace of God.  Numbers 21describes a time when God had moved mightily among the Nation of Israel and instead of continuing to trust God as a Nation the people became impatient and started complaining and speaking badly about God and Moses.  

 God allowed poisonous serpents to become prevalent and many Israelites died by their venom.  Eventually the people repented and cried out to God to save them and he did by instructing Moses to make a bronze serpent on a pole and whenever someone got bit they would have to repent, turn and look to this serpent on a pole to be healed and saved from certain death.  And that is exactly what happened.

Like Nicodemus, there may be a lot that we don’t understand in regards to faith, but God wants us to know that what we do not understand should not keep us away from faith in Jesus Christ.  In fact, it is only when we take a step of faith towards Jesus that what we did not understand becomes clear because of the saving nature of what faith in Jesus brings into our lives.  

Why is it always God’s glory to have mercy?  Because when God gives mercy, when God does not give us what our sins deserve, and when instead God offers a way of grace, something we do not deserve but he still provides a way for us to be saved, to be rescued, to be healed, to be restored.  When we understand what our sin deserves and see Jesus as this gift from God, we will repent and turn to Jesus and when we do we will experience the power of new life in Him.  And this new life, this salvation, this going form certain death to life will produce a gratitude in our heart that moves us to unshakeable faith where we remember, where we listen, where we begin hear the words of Jesus and follow his voice, the unchangeable Truth of Jesus, because we know how special this man really was, is, and forever will be.

A life that encounters Jesus is always for the Glory of God.

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