Saturday of the First Week in Advent

Today’s Reading: Mark 11:1-10

Jesus knows about donkeys. He knew, as He prepared to enter Jerusalem, there would be a colt tied in a certain place. He knew, when He sent some disciples to retrieve the colt, its owner would object. He knew, if the disciples told the owner He needed and would return the colt, the owner would comply. Jesus further knew the colt, having never been ridden, would not buck Him off. Who else could possibly know even the details of a donkey’s day? None other than the Son of God.

Jesus knew shouts of “Hosanna!” would turn to shouts of “Crucify!” and three days later to shouts of “Halleluiah, He is risen!” Since Jesus knew all that – His suffering, death, and resurrection – it means that every other promise God has ever made in His Word is true as well!

Who else could possibly know even the details of your every day? Jesus knows you do not deserve to have Him as your King. Nevertheless, He allowed Himself to be crucified in your place to pay the high cost of our salvation. Who else can possibly say, by virtue of His unconditional grace and immeasurable love, “Never will I leave you or forsake you?” None other than the Son of God!

Prayer: Lift up your heads, you everlasting doors, and weep no more! O Zion’s daughter sing, to greet your coming King; now wave the victor’s palm, and sing the ancient Psalm: “Lift up your heads, you everlasting gates!” Your King awaits! (Lift Up Your Heads, You Everlasting Doors,” LSB 339:1).

 

This devotion was written by Reverend Keith Piotter, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, IA.

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