Text: Colossians 1:15-23, Romans 5:1-11
For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly.
- Romans 5:6, HCSB
Confession: the She Reads Truth team is completely and enthusiastically addicted to Post-its. From the tiny kind for flagging pages of a book, to those colorful and ubiquitous 3”x3” squares, to the huge pages that magically turn any wall into a giant whiteboard—we love them all. The amazing gals who keep our office running use sticky notes in many Very Official SRT Processes. Me, I just use them because I’m super forgetful. If something is important, please write it on a neon piece of paper and post it right in front of my face. Then do it again tomorrow, please and thank you.
As I approach this season of Lent, I’m in need of big, bright Gospel post-it note. My mind and body are tired, my heart is numb, and I just feel… forgetful. Disconnected. Distracted. Remind me what we’re doing here again, Lord? Remind me of who You are. Remind me of what You’ve done.
Maybe you know this feeling of Gospel detachment, where you have to squint hard to see what you know is true. In my own squinting last week, the Holy Spirit brought me to this passage in the first chapter of Colossians. It’s packed with Gospel reminders!
Lord, remind me of who You are.
He is the visible image of the invisible God.
He is the firstborn of all creation.
He is the One by whom everyone and everything else were created.
He is the One for whom it was all created.
He is the One who holds all things together!
He is the head of the Church.
He is the beginning.
He is the dwelling place of all the fullness of God.
Lord, remind me of what You’ve done.
He reconciled all things to Himself.
He reconciled you to Himself!
He reconciled me to Himself!
He made peace through the blood of His cross.
The Holy One who possesses all the glory of God stretched out His body of flesh to become the Way that brings us back to the Father.
Friends, the season of Lent is about coming near to the cross of Jesus. Only at the Cross will we see the full weight of our sin. Only at the Cross will we see the full height of His glory. Only at the Cross will we grasp the full joy of our salvation. At the Cross we see clearly what is true.
We’re so excited to walk with you over the next 47 days as we travel through three phases of reading and prayer together—
We will Return, kneeling daily at the cross of our Lord.
We will Repent, mourning the depth and reality of our sin.
And we will Remember, tracing the path of Christ on His journey to the Cross.
We will take a long, hard look at our sin, and we will grieve at the sight of it. And we will lock our gaze on Jesus, the One who rescues us from death and despair! We’ll follow the instructions of 18th century Scottish minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne when he said, “For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely.”
You and I aren’t the only ones who tend to forget. In this same passage from Colossians, Paul warns the Church not to “shift from the hope of the gospel.” If you, like me, feel you’ve shifted a bit off of Gospel center, join me in asking our heavenly Father to bring us back to Him. Let’s ask Him to go with us, before us, and behind us on this Bible-reading journey we’ll begin tomorrow.
Lord, we are a forgetful people. May this Lenten season cause us to remember your glory and our sin, our guilt and your cross.
Jesus, we are the broken ones. May we know we’ve been washed clean, brought close, and made whole.
We are faithless wanderers and You are the faithful Father. Guide us through these weeks in your Word and show us more of You.
Jesus, keep us near the Cross. May it be our glory ever.
Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross
Fanny Crosby, 1869
Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and Morning Star
Sheds His beams around me.
Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadow o’er me.
Near the cross I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.
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The “Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross” reading plan will begin Wednesday, Feb 18, at 12:01am EST.
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