Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Americans have a problem with entitlement. We seem to think we deserve just about everything:

  • Our Whopper better come out fast and piping hot because we are entitled to good service and a great burger.
  • We better get a big tax return because the government really owes us a lot.
  • We need to be recognized for our accomplishments and achievements. We deserve it! If not, it would be really rude.
  • We can do what we want and say what we want because this is a free country and I am entitled to a happy life of freedom.

It is during this time of the Lenten calendar that we see this King riding into Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, on a donkey. How strange is that? The Apostle Paul explains in our reading for today just how extraordinary Jesus’ actions were.

Jesus was God. Jesus is God. Jesus will always be God. Yet, He did not consider His divinity something to be flaunted or used for His advantage. How different than today’s politicians, celebrities and athletes. Instead, Jesus humbled Himself and set aside the full and continual use of His powers as He took on the form of a servant. In fact, Jesus was so humble that He became obedient to death on a cross – the most gruesome, horrific and cursed way to die at the time!

But there was a reason for all of this, our salvation! Jesus humbled himself so that he could take our place and pay for our sins – all of them!  Yes, our King is so great and grand that come that Last Day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Give thanks to Jesus that He humbled Himself for us, and will be exalted and praised by us now and for all eternity.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, it was for me and my sins that you humbled yourself to the point of death on a cross. You have taken my place. You have redeemed me. You have saved me. Give me knees that fall in humble adoration and lips that sing your praises, now and forever. Amen.

This devotion was written by Rev. Ronald Rafferty – Pastor of Grace Lutheran in DeWitt.

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