The Gospel has a magnificent way of destroying our pride. It provides for us a strong antidote to the vicious cycle of sin, our own sin. Jesus died to forgive us, but at times we are oblivious to this reality, and we go on living without that historical and spiritual knowledge. Jesus is the Mediator between God and Man. He continues to bless you and keep you, even when we do not deserve to be blessed and kept. He does this because of His Covenant promises to us. In his death he secured our death to sin, and in His resurrection he secured our life to godliness and righteousness.
We gather today because we want those promises to be Yes and Amen in our lives. We want our Mediator to guide us into green pastures after He pardons us from our sins. So, let us prepare our hearts as we enter into the presence of our God.