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It is Sunday, which is for Christians the Lord’s Day, the weekly celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We rejoice, because we have the message of grace and redemption, the urgent and necessary offer of life to all who will receive it:

“Seek the LORD while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

Let the wicked forsake their ways

and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”

(Isaiah 55:6-7, NIV)

This exhortation came from God through the lips of His prophet Isaiah long ago, and it is still relevant today.  This is a time of crisis, but as such it is only a reminder that we are always in a time of crisis until we seek and find the Lord.  He may be found, and He calls us to seek Him; this call is urgent, for there will come a judgment day–but today is the day of mercy, when the gospel is held out freely to all.  God is near.  Seek Him now.

Seeking God calls for repentance.  That is too often absent from our prayers in a time like this.  If we want to turn to the Lord, that necessarily involves turning away from evil.  For “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

But what is the promise?  What will we find when we turn to the Lord?  Read again those wonderful words: “he will have mercy on them”, “he will freely pardon.”  Here is the wonderful gospel, that sinners may receive the mercy of God, His pardon freely given.

For Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for our sins, and rose again to give us life.  Those who place their faith in Him find forgiveness full and free, healing, hope, and life forevermore.