The readings for the fifth Sunday in Lent are Is. 12:1-6; 2 Cor. 5:16-21; and Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
This week’s readings call us to be reconciled with God and to rejoice in His salvation. For though we were born in sin, our Lord Jesus sought us by His grace and sprinkled us with His redeeming blood to save us from that sin, death, and hell. And though we sin much everyday, sometimes wanting our felt needs satisfied at others’ expense, our Lord calls us to repent for the forgiveness He freely bestows on all who trust in Him. For this same Jesus Christ took our sin-past, present, and future-to Calvary and died to pay the penalty for it in our place. We, then, are glad to keep steadfast in His Word while serving each other’s needs in love.