Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-21; Mark 5:21-43

"Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!" (Psalm 25:6, 2 from the Introit for Lent 2)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Your sins don't go away. You don't forget them. The people you sinned against don't forget them. Even the people around you who see your sins don't forget them.

In fact, we love to dredge up other people's sins. We love to hold those sins against them! We rake them over the coals, self-righteously angered by the awfulness of their falls. Even if we forgive them, we never, ever, ever, ever forget what they have done.

What if God did this? What if God dealt with you this way? What if God dredged up your sins and never forgot them? What if He replayed the sins of your youth on a jumbotron for all to see?

The Lord certainly could hold all your sins against you. You deserve it, especially because you do exactly that to others. I have it coming, too! The Law doesn't show any mercy. You do it, you are guilty. You sin, you die. You die, you go to hell.

What we need is a miracle! We need God to do something He can't do--we need Him to forget our sins. We need Him to trump His memory with something else!

To save us, the Father gives us Jesus dead on the Cross. His sacrifice for us covers our sins. He takes our evil and buries it with Christ and gives us all the righteousness and holiness of His Son. We don't deserve it. He didn't have to do it. Yet He saves us.

The miracle is that God remembers our sins no more! He refuses to unbury them. He rejects any opportunity to condemn us in Christ. He won't do it. He won't dredge them up. Your sins died with Jesus and they are the only thing that stay dead and conquered on Good Friday!

This week say this Introit. Remind yourself of the Gospel. Remind God over and over again of Jesus' Cross. His Cross alone saves you. His death is your death to sin. His life is your everlasting life. Find your comfort in God's remembering His mercy in Jesus Christ.

Now forgive the sins of others. Tuck their sins into your Baptism. Remember them no more. Eat and drink away their sins against you at the Lord's Supper. Be enlivened to live free of holding anything against anyone except to love them. For your sins didn't go away on their own, they died with Jesus. You, me, and those around you live forever, forgiven. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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