Lord, in the eyes of the world, we are truly weaklings, lacking in wisdom and power. And Lord, we are not only foolish according to worldly standards, even after we became Christian, we are so far from being conformed to the image of you, oh Lord. Father, forgive us of our sins. Even though we hear and know the gospel of your Son, we do not live a life in praise to you, pleasing to you. Father I pray that you may forgive one and each of us for failing to love you and our neighbors. We are so underserving of your grace oh God. So we once again look up to Jesus Christ. Oh God you provided him for us. And we do not forget actually we cannot forget that verse of the first corinthians. It says “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus.” Because of God the Father, we are in Christ Jesus. It is God who made peace with us when we were at odds with God. It is God who took the initiative for our salvation and completed all that is needed. As a sinful creature who stands guilty before God, there was indeed nothing men can do to save themselves and make their relationships right with God. Instead, we increase our dept of eternal punishement by sinning against God’s just laws. And that’s exactly when God sent his only Begotten Son into this world which has been a stage where all the human efforts to accomplish salvation proved to fail. It is really completely out of God’s unconditional love and mercy and patience and kindness that he planned to save us. “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written,”Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Nothing I bring to thee but oh Christ, I cling to thee. I cannot thank you more oh God. It’s thy grace too gracious to fully thank for. Oh God you sent your Son for us. Jesus my Lord, you have declared the gospel, the good news of grace. In you and you alone, I enjoy all of God’s favor. I do not and I cannot comprehend your grace oh God shown through your act of giving your Son to us as our mediator. Your grace of the covennt of grace in which you promised to be our God. How can it be that God who created us and judges us, assumed the human nature and lived and died to save the creatures. It was indeed only what you can do. It has to be that way. Jesus Christ, the God-man, who kept his laws perfectly, and received the cup filled with the eternal wrath of God against the sins of all the elect against the supreme majesty of God. Thanks oh Father, thanks oh Jesus Christ, thanks oh Holy Spirit who applies the work of Christ to my soul. In your name only by which my prayer will be heard by God, Amen.

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