Grace, mercy, and peace be yours in Christ Jesus. Amen.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Let him hear that he is a lost and condemned sinner in the eyes of God. For we have lived as if God did not matter and as if we mattered most. Let him hear that all efforts to escape the judgment of God are fruitless and in vain, for God demands recompense for our sins. He demands payment. But let him also hear that God in his mercy has sent His Son Christ to pay the price for our sins. Let him hear that the Son of God, eternally begotten of His Father, became man, being born of the Virgin Mary.
Let him hear that this same Christ was also baptized for us, and offered himself as a ransom for many. Let him hear that this Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to the wood of the cross for us, died, and was buried for us. And let him hear that the Son of God who was crucified rose again triumphantly from the grave on the third day. Let him hear that because of all this his sin is forgiven in God’s sight. “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” “Let him who has ears to hear listen!”
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