COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
Jesus says that those that believe in Him will know the truth - and that this truth will set them free. Conversely, He states that those that choose not to believe will die in their sins. This means the only path to true forgiveness and mercy is our belief and trust in Christ as our savior.
This passage lays out perhaps the most generous and precious gift that God has given us. That is the fact that Christ went to the cross with “eyes wide open” – knowingly giving up His own life, while carrying the burdenous load of the sins of all people.
When you confess your sins and ask for forgiveness and mercy from God, remember today’s passage and believe the promise that Christ made and kept for us.