Time for Grace-December 8, 2023

Time for Grace-December 8, 2023

Psalm 146:8-9

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the aliens. The fatherless and the widow he sustains, but he turns aside the way of the wicked.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You sent Your Son, and he healed many who suffered from physical blindness. Those miracles and this prophecy in Psalms should have been a flashing neon sign that He was the Lord. However, many rejected Him; they were spiritually blind to who he was.

Jesus did not come with all the wealth or the pomp of a king; instead, He was raised by a peasant carpenter’s family from an unknown town in Galilee, Nazareth. Yet he was born to that carpenter’s wife while they were in Bethlehem—there due to a census because they were from David’s line. Jesus came to remove spiritual blindness for those who would listen and believe.

Please remove our pride that gets in the way of hearing about sin’s blindness when one knows one’s sins and the punishment that should accompany them. What other reaction do we have but to bow our heads in repentance to you and ask for forgiveness?

Jesus came to forgive all our sins through his perfect life and innocent death. He has redeemed us all. We who believe in Jesus were at one time the aliens, the fatherless, and the widows; Jesus was our redeemer. By faith in Him, we were made citizens of heaven, heirs to Your kingdom, and Jesus took the Holy Christian Church as his bride, restoring her into Himself.

He turns away those who choose to remain in their spiritual blindness, the way of the wicked. Many might seem like kind people, but they cannot earn their way to heaven by their actions alone because we have all sinned, and the only way to eternal life is by believing in Jesus as our Savior.

Allow us to share this good news of your mercy and grace with those still walking in blindness. May they hear the good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness, giving them sight, and may our Savior also lift them. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

Looking at your sins is never a fun reminder of what you have done in your past. However, Jesus has forgiven them all; this gift is yours by faith in Jesus, allowing him to cure your spiritual blindness through His Word and the washing of baptismal waters.