February 25, 2021 FPCLA Lenten Word Meditation

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Today’s Lenten Word Meditation comes from John 3:16-21 The Message Bible:
16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

19-21 “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

The word, loved (agapao in Greek), means to love, to be full of good-will and exhibit the same.  In the Scripture today, Jesus was in Jerusalem and explaining to the Pharisee Nicodemus about God and his purpose. 
This morning I sit, hold, and pray with the word, love.  It is such an overused word today as it probably means “to really like.”  Saying “I love my car” or whatever material things seem a bit ludicrous.  In the passage today during Lent, I wonder if loving someone also means saving them from harm’s way.  If someone I love is about to get hurt, I would totally intervene.  Yet, Jesus on the cross dying, screams out in pain to God to save him and is met by silence and then death.  How many suffering people in the world say the same prayer as Jesus did and is met by silence? I weep for Jesus.  I weep for suffering and abandoned people.
Pastor Sam


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