Good Morning March 1

Almost 30 years ago Dr. Karl Menniger wrote the book Whatever Happened To Sin? In his practice of psychiatry he noted that the word “sin” has almost disappeared from our vocabulary, but the sense of guilt remained in our hearts and minds. If the disappearance of sin was true 30 years ago it is many times more so today. And as far as guilt is concerned we have applied ample measures of tolerance and self-justification. But somehow we cannot get away from the truth that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.(Romans 3:23) God’s glory is still the standard against which all life must be measured. By that measure all of us fall short and are unable to stand in the presence of our absolutely holy God. Today is Ash Wednesday, beginning the season of Lent and bringing the message that God, Himself, provided the only solution to our deepest need – our sin that separates from Him. That solution is in the atoning sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. In humble repentance and hearing the words of God’s forgiving grace is our sin forgiven and our burden of guilt removed. “In Jesus is life, and that life is the light of all people.”(John 1:4)