Salvation is a common theme in today’s readings that jumped out at me. The Old Testament reading portrays God lamenting the judgment he must pass on his people who have heard God’s word but refuse to live by it. The psalmist expresses his desire to know God’s law thoroughly so that he might experience the blessings that come to those who obey it. The passage from Romans emphasizes our relationship with Christ, as opposed to the “law,” for achieving salvation. Likewise, the reading from John emphasizes that we must come into the light of Christ, the source of life, for salvation.
In this season of Lent, we are reminded of the great love God has for us as shown by the sacrifice of his son Jesus. Jesus paid the debt for our sin, so by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are assured of salvation. Accepting Jesus means that you make a conscious decision to choose light, follow Jesus’ teachings, and repent of your sins. Those who have heard God’s word but refuse to live by it are not following in the light of Christ; they face eternal darkness and condemnation.