SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT – EPISTLE: Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.  3We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us — they help us learn to endure.  4And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation; 5and this expectation will not disappoint us.  For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.  6When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  7Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  9And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment.  10For since we were restored to friendship with God by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be delivered from eternal punishment by his life.  11So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God — all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us in making us friends of God.