We are beggars. So we keep on begging, imploring the Lord for mercy. We ask Him to be Himself, our Messiah, our Son of David, who has come to free us from the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh. Lord, have mercy. Lord, help us.
Do you recognize the tempter’s voice? His doubt, his questions? Beloved, the Lord’s answer, the Word of His cross, stands secure, established, unmovable. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends…” (John 15:13-14). That’s what Jesus says.