Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent – March 19, 2015

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10

“Jesus offered up prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears.” – Hebrews 5:7a

Jesus is so human that it makes us squirm.  How embarrassing it is to see our God weeping in the face of death.  Man up and take it with some dignity!  Jesus certainly does not die with dignity.  He dies crying out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” (Mark 15:34b)  All this was without sin.  All of the groaning, crying out, and weeping was without sin.  As he lived in the days of His flesh, Jesus the Christ kept obedience to His Father in heaven.

His perfection as man from conception to death is the sources of salvation for all who believe it.  Do not let that little word in verse 9, “obey,” cast doubt on your salvation.  “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  (Rom. 4:3b) Faith receives that human obedience of Jesus that gives you salvation.  That human obedience of Jesus with its loud cries and tears was heard because it was without sin.  Now, you have that credited to your eternal account.  The very humanity of Jesus, which is so embarrassing, proclaims His righteousness.  He wept.  He is human.  So are you.

Prayer: Lord, when Your glory I shall see And taste Your kingdom’s pleasure, Your blood my royal robe shall be, My joy beyond all measure!  When I appear before Your throne, Your righteousness shall be my crown; With these I need not hide me.  And there, in garments richly wrought, As Your own bride shall we be brought To stand in joy beside you. (A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth 438:4)

 

This devotion was written by Reverend Troy Peperkorn, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Reinbeck, IA.

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