Lenten Devotional: Thursday, April 4

Psalm 69:1-23(24-30)31-38Psalm 73Jeremiah 22:13-23
Romans 8:12-27
John 6:41-51

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1

When I began to consider what I could say in this Lenten devotional, I thought of Sarah Young’s popular daily devotional series, Jesus Calling. The devotionals are based on the concept of what she believes Jesus would say in a call to the readers and scriptures that support the messages. As I have thought and prayed about this devotional I have asked, if Jesus called us, what would he say? Jesus might tell us, as he told the Jews who questioned him, “Very truly I tell you whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life” (John 6: 47 & 48). In the following verses from John 6 (50 & 51), Jesus refers to being “bread” five times. I believe Jesus was not only saying but emphasizing that belief in him provides the essential needed for eternal life. As the Psalmist tells us, we should be happy that Jesus has covered our sins and we celebrate that forgiveness at Easter.

What if Jesus did not call but Tweeted? How could his message of faith, forgiveness and love be conveyed in the allowable 280 Tweet characters? After my draft attempts, I realized how much that I had profited from the drafting process. I then decided not to be so bold as to offer a Tweet but to challenge you, as part of your Lenten discipline for today, to produce a Tweet about Jesus that conveys what is most important to Christians.

PRAY for grateful hearts for the gifts of forgiving our transgressions and covering our sins, and for the courage and strength to share our gratitude for Jesus’s love.