“Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
The following devotional was written by my father, Rev. Carroll N. Anderson, for a 1959 edition of ‘Christ in Our Home’.
“Lent” means spring. Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent. Many parts of our land are mantled with snow, but we know that the promise of Spring, with it’s new life from the soil and the clean, new look in nature, is already here.
For the Christian the Lenten season is climaxed on Easter day, the day of our Lord’s entrance into new life from the tomb of the dead. Nature springs into new life every year. Christ emerged from the tomb only once. He has defeated for all time the power of death. Christians, therefore, properly rejoice on Easter day.
What about today?
Christian people meet for public worship on the first day of each week because this is the day on which Jesus rose from the grave. It is the fact of His resurrection that gives hope to repentant sinners. Because He lives, we too shall live.
Today, your pastor preaches the Gospel – the Good News of God’s love for sinful people. You join with the congregation in singing hymns of praise to your Redeemer. The Holy Spirit speaks to the hearts of the hearers. The power of the Word of God makes this day the day of salvation. This is not just another Sunday, not just another Sunday in Lent.This is the day in which God’s message of forgiveness reaches into countless lives.
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”