Today’s Reading: Mark 10:32-45
Jesus is on the road going to Jerusalem. His reaction is much different than those that are with Him. They are amazed at Him and yet they are afraid of what appears to be ahead on the journey.
If that’s not enough, now Jesus says they are going up to Jerusalem for Him to be delivered to those in authority. What kind of mission must He be on to be handed over to the Gentiles? Now they will spit on Him, mock Him, flog Him and kill Him. Can this be the way the Father brings in His kingdom? If it ends there, indeed it will never be enough to fulfill the old covenant and bring in the new covenant.
But it does not end there. After three days He will rise again. But even if it ends there, without you being baptized into His death and resurrection, how could the new covenant be fulfilled for you? If one is baptized into His death and resurrection, how can there be any peace if you do not live daily in the baptismal gifts? Can you stay in your baptism and not be called to repent and eat at the Lord’s altar? Without doing so do you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes?
To live in one’s baptism you are served at the altar! For the Lord, Jesus Christ, comes into Jerusalem to die. He comes to serve you with the blood of the covenant. He gives His life that He might take it up again. This is your eternal ransom.
Prayer: Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die. O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin O’er captive death and conquered sin. (Ride On, Ride On in Majesty, LSB 441:2)
This devotion was written by Reverend David Steege, pastor at Concordia in Waterloo, IA and St. Paul in Evansdale, IA.