He said to them, “Thus it is written, and accordingly it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47
Why did God the Son come into the world? To suffer and die on the cross and make atonement for the sins of all. What does Jesus say is the mission of the Church and its ministers in this world? To preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name to all people, beginning with those in the visible church.
Thank You, dear Lord Jesus, for coming into the world to redeem me from sin and eternal damnation. Grant that I hear Your Word, repent of my sin, and look to You and Your cross in faith for pardon and forgiveness. And grant to Your Church faithful pastors and ministers to preach to all nations repentance and remission of sins in Your name. Amen.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and practice faithfulness. Psalm 37:3
What do Christians do as the wickedness of the nations increases? There could be no better answer than to trust in the LORD God and do as He has commanded in His Word, to dwell in the land and continue to be a faithful follower of Christ Jesus and His truth.
O God, keep me in Your truth and grant that I hold fast to Christ Jesus, trust in Him as my Savior, and live in accord with His Word. Amen.
Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be jealous of those who do injustice. For they will quickly wither like the grass, and fade like the green herbs. Psalm 37:1-2
While we may be tempted to fret and worry over the wicked schemes of man and the injustices carried out by rulers, we need not fear, for they will quickly wither and fade away like the grass and the green herbs.
O LORD God, grant that we not worry over the wicked schemes of man but trust in You and Your Word. Amen.
Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psalm 90:16-17
Moses prays that the mighty working of God would be revealed to and seen by those who fear the LORD, that they would partake of the beautiful blessings of the LORD offered and given to those who trust in Him for mercy and forgiveness in the Son and His atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. And Moses prays for the blessing of the LORD upon our service to Him — upon our proclaiming of the saving Gospel of forgiveness and life in Christ Jesus.
Open up our eyes, O Lord, to see the truth of Your Word that we might repent of our sins and partake of the salvation You have provided for us in the Son. And send Your Holy Spirit that others, too, might hear and believe the saving Gospel. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
[Scripture quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]
Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Psalm 90:13-15
With Moses, we ask the LORD God to return to us and satisfy us early with His mercy in Christ Jesus that we might rejoice and be glad because of His mercy and forgiveness all the days of our lives. We ask that He make us glad for as many days as He has afflicted us because of our sin and as many years as we have seen evil under God’s curse upon sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us and forgive our sins for the sake of Christ Jesus and His blood shed for us on the cross. Grant to us joy in Your mercy all the days of our lives and gives us joy in the place of sadness and sorrow. Amen.
[Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.]