March 4, 2017
1st Sunday of Lent - A (March 5, 2017)
Whose It Is to Give
On “a very high mountain,” having shown Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,” the devil promises Jesus, “All these I shall give you if….” It is an empty promise, because the kingdoms of the world are not really the devil’s to give.
At the end of the Gospel According to Matthew, after his crucifixion and death out of love and obedience to the Father, Jesus is again on a mountain with his disciples. There, he tells them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (28:28) 
We see the contrast.
Not just all the kingdoms of the earth, but even all power in heaven has now been given to Jesus. All these belong to God who has given them to Jesus.
May this season of Lent help us to recognize the empty promises that are presented to us. And may we grow in confidence in God, who has given us life, and destined us for the life and glory that last forever.
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