Difficult Lessons of Lent: There Is No Room for Sin

Do we come to church merely out of a sense of reluctant duty or is there a sense of purpose, devotion, enthusiasm, and passion? Unfortunately our attitude may be, at best, a combination of the two. The Word today takes our eyes off ourselves, our mixed motives, our shallow hopes and focuses them on the purpose, enthusiasm, passion, and zeal of God's saving love. If we are to be saved, God must take the initiative. And he has done so. As he gives us his heart in the Ten Commandments, so he gives us new hearts, baptizing us into the zeal of Christ's love by which alone he declares us righteous. Connected to Christ's resurrection our hope is firmly planted in him.