Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 50:4–9

“But the Lord God helps Me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” – Isaiah 50:7

Following His transfiguration, Jesus “set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). He made His face hard like flint. This doesn’t mean He was angry, but that He was determined, resolved, to go to Jerusalem and His cross for us.

The world sees Jesus hanging on the cross and shakes its head, saying, “What a shame.” But Jesus is not a tragic hero. The cross was not a shameful defeat for Him. He wanted to go to the cross. He set His face like flint and was not put to shame. Instead, He went to the cross with joy. “For the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Death did not disgrace Him. He was vindicated! He was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father (Romans 6:4).

So who can contend with Him? Who can be His adversary and prevail against Him? Who can declare Him guilty? No one. And they can’t get you either. By Baptism, you have gone through the cross and resurrection. Jesus says to you, “Let us stand up together.” No one can declare you guilty, for your sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus. Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).

Prayer: If God Himself be for me, I may a host defy; for when I pray, before me my foes, confounded, fly. If Christ, my head and master, befriend me from above, what foe or what disaster can drive me from His love? (If God Himself Be for Me, LSB 724:1).

This devotion was written by Rev. Anthony Dodgers – Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran in Charlotte.

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