Even the satisfaction of our only real need by Christ in Lent does not keep people from imitating the children of Israel in the wilderness. They didn’t take God’s gifts seriously. They complained until he sent them something to complain about. He gave them what they deserved. Then prompted by grace alone, God provided a cure for the pain that he himself had inflicted on them in consequence of their sins. Those who looked did so because God’s Word created trust in their hearts, not because looking made any sense. So too in Lent, we suffer the painful consequences of our sins even after we have seen the love and mercy of God; for we still murmur at times and complain. The first dose of medicine is suffering. The curing dose is the suffering of Christ and the look of faith in the promise of God in the gospel. Therefore both in suffering and in relief, rejoice! For both are evidences of God’s grace in Christ.
The sermon is based on Numbers 21:4-9 – “Look on Christ and Live”
Pastor Horn is spending time with his family this weekend. The recorded sermon is by Pastor Jon Schroeder, Faith Lutheran, Sharpsburg, GA.
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