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Jesus Christ - God with Us

Jesus Christ - God with Us

As a 6-week Lenten spiritual practice, we invite you to gather a small group and discuss this devotion together.

by Asbury Lafayette on February 21, 2021

Readings for the 1st Week of Lent:

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

Collected writings, quotes, and scriptures:

“Have I been so long with you
and yet you have not come to know me, Philip?
He who has seen me has seen
the Father.”
John 14:8-9

What Jesus introduced was an entirely new way of looking at God.
God does not hate sinners.
He loves them with boundless and unconditional self-giving love.
God's love is perfect:
it is all-encompassing, whole, complete, life-giving,
life-sustaining, life-enhancing, and life-affirming for all humankind.
Nowhere do we see God's radical love
for the entire world expressed as clearly as on the Cross.
In Jesus' torturous and scandalous death,
we see a God who would rather be destroyed by sinners
than destroy sinners, who would rather die
at the hands of enemies than kill enemies.
C. S. Cowles: Who is God? His Character Revealed in the Christ

This has been the father’s work
from the beginning -
to bring us into the home of His heart.
George MacDonald

“For I have come down from heaven,
not to do my own will,
but the will of him who sent me.
For this is the will of the Father,
that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in him,
may have eternal life."
John 6:38, 40

You have tried to find God.
But every way you have taken has turned into a blind alley.
Time and again you were sure you had found the way, the truth,
the life, only to be disappointed, frustrated, deceived.
And you have tried to be good, to do right.
But the good you would do, you have not done.
Even your best-intentioned efforts have turned out wrong.
You have yielded to temptation in spite of your efforts to resist.
Everywhere you turn, you are convinced that you are
no good, worthless, without hope.
A friend comes to you. That friend finds you where you are.
He accepts you, welcomes you, embraces you.
He reassures you and urges you to go on.
Finally, he takes your punishment, pays your debt,
dies on your behalf.
You do not have to be told,
“This is the ultimate act of self-giving love.”
You know.
William Willimon: Sunday Dinner: The Lord’s Supper and the Christian Life

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world should be saved through him.”
John 3:16-17

We have seen God’s self-giving love in Jesus Christ
when “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14a)
In Christ, God’s love was made visible.
God knows that we can give nothing to him,
so God gives to us.
God knows that we have failed to find him,
so God finds us.
God knows that we cannot, on our own, return to him,
so God turns to us.
William Willimon: Sunday Dinner: The Lord’s Supper and the Christian Life

Discussion Guide:
  1. From this week's scripture readings, was there a verse or passage which particularly caught your attention? What has come to mind as you have reflected on these words?
  2. From this week's collected writings, which reading or quote stood out for you? What thoughts have come to mind? 
  3. How can we pray for you this week? 

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