Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 139:1-18, Jeremiah 1:4-10, and John 8:21-38
Jesus had just released the woman who had been caught in adultery, telling her accusers that the one who had not sinned could throw the first rock. Since he was the only one who had not sinned, and since he threw no rocks, the woman was released. “Go, and sin no more,” were Jesus’ words. He then went back to what he had been doing, which was teaching in the temple. The Pharisees and scribes were having a hard time understanding his message.
“I’m going somewhere that you cannot come. You’re of this world, but I’m not. You will die here, in your sins, if you do not believe in me. You will lift me up.”
We do lift Jesus up, all the time. Sometimes we lift him up by our praises and obedience.
Sometimes we lift him up on the cross, to crucify him again.
We’re supposed to be crucifying our old selves, not our Savior. We’re supposed to be putting our sin to death, not our Lord. But sometimes we just cannot take him any longer, so we throw him down on the cross, nail him to it, and then lift him up. And all the while he is trying to help us, to make us better, to give us life in exchange for our nothingness.
You have a choice to make: Will you lift him up on the cross again, or will you lift him up with your prayers, your praise, and (most importantly) your obedience?
Choose life. Choose Jesus.
Sing a song of praise to him this morning. It can be an old favorite, or a new one you make up as you go along. Let it be your prayer.