Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Readings for the First Sunday in Lent

Matthew 4:1-11; Romans 5:12-19; Genesis 3:1-7

A fresh start. A clean slate. A new beginning. If you’ve ever experienced it then you know what grace feels like. A fresh start is what Jesus has offered to the whole human race.

The three readings for Sunday tell the essential story of God’s relationship with people. In the beginning our first parents, Adam and Eve, broke trust with the Creator when they bought into the lie of more happiness apart from Him. Hence, the disease of sin entered the human bloodstream and continued to manifest itself in every generation (Gen 3). That cycle would continue until God sent His Son who, by his unique dual nature as true God and true Man, used his perfect righteousness to stand against the devil’s attacks. In so doing, Jesus passed the test that you and I and every other person on this earth has failed (Matt 4). The result of Jesus’ successful stand against the devil is earth-shaking. By his perfect obedience, Jesus has become the New Adam – humanity 2.0. By his obedience, we are made righteous and holy (Rom 5).