Saturday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Today’s Reading: John 12:17-19

It’s not that Jesus had an identity crisis.  He knew exactly who He was, and He knew exactly where life would lead Him.  All these things He knew from the first, and He resolutely strove to do what He had come to do, because of who He was.  Jesus had no identity crisis about Jesus, but a lot of other people sure did.

The people, who are there along the route to greet Jesus, are there because of Lazarus.  Some of them had seen the raising of Lazarus and they had told others – that’s why the gang was all there.  The religious leaders, who were opposed to Him, beheld the crowd, heard what they were saying about Him, and they were disheartened.

But not so fast.  They didn’t get to be leaders by sitting on their hands.  These were men of action and they took action. Fueled by hatred and jealousy, they succeeded and, by the end of the week, they had the crowds shouting, “crucify, crucify Him.”  Well, which is it: is He the Son of God and our Savior, or is He a menace that needs to be eliminated? He is God’s Son, Messiah to the world. The Lord of Life enters the city to die.

Prayer: Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne; Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.  Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee, and hail Him as thy matchless king through all eternity (Crown Him with Many Crowns, LSB 525:1).

This devotion was written by Rev. Steven Anderson – Pastor of Immanuel in Grand Mound.

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