First Sunday in Lent
February 26, 2012
Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
8 Then God told Noah and his sons, 9 “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants,10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”
12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”
I’ll never forget the sight — it was during a late evening thunderstorm last year. We could still hear it raining outside and yet you could see the sun shining brightly. Certainly there had to be a rainbow. We opened the front door and low and behold a glorious rainbow was right there in our front yard. What was even more amazing, it was the first time I ever saw the end of the rainbow. It was almost as if you could touch the end — it was that close. The end of the rainbow was at the bottom of the hill – across the highway from our house and it was beautiful. It’s interesting because I remember talking about this just the other day and as I posted this scripture the memory came back.
God gave us this covenant in the clouds – he never again would destroy the world like that again and each time we see the rainbow, we remember his covenant and his promise.
Thousands of years later, God made another covenant – a new covenant – one that would mean even much more. Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins. His life, and death, and resurrection is a covenant with God that He desires that no one should be lost. This coming Sunday is the First Sunday of Lent. I encourage you to think about the things that Jesus suffered for you – to give you new life – so that you could be part of His new covenant.