Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 11, 2018

Old Testament: Numbers 21:4–9

Epistle: Ephesians 2:1–10

Gospel: John 3:14–21

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Theme for Today’s Liturgy

We continue our journey to Calvary. The propers for today focus on the totally undeserved love of God in giving salvation to the world by the sacrifice of Christ. The Collect reminds us that God’s “mercies are new every morning . . . though we deserve only punishment.” The Introit gives us the peace of knowing that when we can in no way defend ourselves, when even “an army encamp against me, . . . the Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” The Epistle declares: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). Finally, few lessons make God’s grace to an undeserving world more clear than our type/antitype Old Testament Reading and Gospel: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (Jn 3:14–15).

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