The Ides of March

“The fault,” dear Brutus, “is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar)

This is the day that Julius Caesar was stabbed by conspirators who planned and executed his death. Since then, the expression, “The Ides of March,” has conveyed an idea of treachery or, at least, bad luck. But Brutus had it right. Evil deeds, hatred—sin itself—is not a question of luck or astrology. We were born with a sinful nature, and it’s only the grace of God that can cure it.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard… the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 3:23; 6:23)