March 3rd, 2013: The Third Sunday of Lent

March 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” 

On Sundays, this blog will take a “break” from the normal pattern of Scripture and reflection. This year, our Sunday focus will be the Jesus Prayer. I’d encourage you to consciously pray this prayer on Sundays, as often as you feel the need. In this space each week, we’ll discuss a different truth that the prayer teaches us.

This week, let’s think about what it means for our “Lord” to be the “Son of God.” When we use this phrase, we recognize that we are not just giving our allegiance and service to a physical person, even though we are. We recognize that this physical person is special in a way that no one else is. In Jesus Christ, we see God in a special, unique way. Jesus’ life was filled with evidences of his divinity; he was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, he performed miracles over the forces of nature and the human condition, and he came back to life after suffering the most cruel death imaginable at the time. No wonder people began saying that Jesus is God! John’s Gospel has much to say on the subject.

Over time, the Christian church has remained steadfast on the issue of the divinity of Jesus Christ; make no mistake about it, this man is God in the flesh. The scriptures tell us that he rose into Heaven, beyond the sight of his disciples, and Christians today affirm that he sits next to God the Father responding to our prayers and interceding in prayer on our behalf before God the Father.

Therefore, it is proper for us to address our prayers to Christ, though we also pray to the Father and the Holy Spirit as well. This prayer comes from the Orthodox tradition; they believe that the most powerful thing about this prayer is the name of Jesus. Think about that; the most powerful thing about this prayer is not the content of the prayer itself, but who it is addressed to. When you pray this prayer today and this week, think about the fact that you have a constant audience with Christ, the Living God.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” 

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