March 28: Sin

March 28
Sin

238.
If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling; but because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome it.
–Genesis 4:7

239.
Now forgive my sin this one time and pray to the Lord your God to take away this fatal punishment from me.
–Exodus 10:17

240.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
–John 1:29

 

Matthew Chapter Three

MATTHEW CHAPTER THREE

1 In those days John the Baptist came and preached

In the Judaean Desert, 2 and his theme

Was, “Turn away from sin and turn to God

 

For Heaven’s Kingdom has arrived.” 3 This is

The one of whom Isaiah prophesied:

“A voice calls in the wilderness, ‘Prepare

 

The highway for the Lord, and straighten paths

For him.’” 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair;

He wore a leather belt around his waist;

 

His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People

Went to him from Jerusalem and all

Judea and the Jordan district. 6 When

 

They had confessed their sins, he baptized them

Within the Jordan River, 7 but when he

Saw many Pharisees and Sadducees

 

Coming for baptism, he said to them:

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee

The coming wrath? 8 Prove you have turned from sin

 

By doing worthy deeds, 9 and do not think

That you can get by, thinking, ‘Abraham’s

Our father.’ I tell you that God can make

 

Children for Abraham out of these stones.

10 The ax is poised at the root of the trees,

And every tree that fails to bear good fruit

 

Will be cut down and thrown into the fire

11 I baptize you with water for repentance,

But after me will come one who’s far greater

 

Than I, so great I am not worthy to

Carry his sandals, who will baptize you

With the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 He will

 

Separate chaff from grain, and burn the chaff

With never-ending fire, and store away

The grain.” 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee

 

Down to the Jordan to be baptized there

By John, 14 but John attempted to deter him, saying,

“I need for you to baptize me, yet do

 

You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered, “Let

It be so now; it’s right for us to do

This to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John

 

Consented. 16 After he was baptized, Jesus

Went up out of the water. Suddenly

The heavens opened, and he saw the Spirit

 

baptism Jesus

“Baptism of Jesus”

By Joachim Patinir

 

Of God descend and light upon him like

A dove. 17 “This is my Son I love so dearly,”

A voice from heaven said, “with Him I’m pleased.”