“Pardon the offenses of your peoples, we pray, O Lord, and in your goodness set us free from the bonds of the sins we have committed in our weakness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
This is the Friday before Good Friday. The desire in our heart for Easter is becoming more intense each day. After weeks of Lenten reflection, we are beginning to see our selfishness more clearly, and are beginning to understand the depths of our slavery to sin. The more we understand to what we were enslaved, the more we will appreciate our freedom.
In John 10, Jesus is both the gate to the sheep-pen and the good shepherd. Through Him we can enter His rest or be led out by Him and through Him to His pasture. This mystery can only be understood in light of Christ’s enduring love for us. He lays down His life for His sheep so they might have life to the fullest.
Sometimes Christianity doesn’t seem like life to the fullest. Sometimes it seems like we get caught up in the same religious traps that the Pharisees found impossible to escape. Jesus sets us free from religion, free from laws, and gives our souls rest..
Prayer points // Pray for rest today. spend some time meditating on what it means to find rest in Christ.
Scripture Mediation // John 10:1-18