Psalms: 121, 122, 123
Old Testament: Jeremiah 25:8-17
New Testament: Romans 10:1-13

‘The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart’
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because* if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved (Romans 10:8-10)

Here Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 30:14. There is a constant theme running in the Old Testament that God not only wants an obedient people, but a people whose actions and words flow from love…….and a free choice to live out God’s will in their lives.

Prior to the Fall, that’s exactly what we were able to do. After the Fall, we fell victims to our own needs and wants. Our heart’s desire was no longer for God…..but for preserving ourselves.

In Christ….that disorder has been healed. In baptism, our heart has been washed, and we are given the ability to love the Light rather than darkness :). As we approach Holy week, we are given a new opportunity to walk with our Lord to the cross. To be reminded of our baptismal promises, and the saving power of Jesus’ death and rising to new life.

Let us move forward with open hearts so that the King of Glory might come in. +