April 14: Recreated and restored
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The theme for this year’s Lenten Devotions asks the question, what does it mean for us to be the created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?
In Genesis 1:26, 27, God said, “Let us make humankind in our image…” One of the main aspects of being created in God’s image was to be in a righteous and holy relationship with God. When sin came into the world through humans, that right relationship was broken. However, God created a provision for us through his son Jesus to be in a restored relationship with him, which recreated our broken and marred images.
Sin is the element that keeps us in bondage and in an oppressed state. In today’s Scripture (Ps. 31:9-16), David expresses to God his oppressed state, “my eyes, body and soul grow weak … I am the utter contempt … there is terror on every side.” These feelings described by David are still shared by those today, whether its those oppressed by tyrannical governments, those weakened in their impoverished state or those filled with anxiety of the unknowns that the future holds.
This week’s theme is Hosanna. In similar regards, David confidently exclaims, “But I trust in you, O God; I say, “You are my God . . . Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.” Hosanna means “save us.” But to take it a step further, it means, “God restore our broken relationship with you and recreate us in your image, make us authentically human.”