Friday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Today’s Reading: John 12:13

It’s not the first time The Man has been to Jerusalem.  He has been there many times, but this time it’s different.  It’s different, and He knows that it’s different. Three times He has told those who believe in Him (sometimes) about this trip.  “We are going to Jerusalem,” He has said, to be killed there.  Every time He told them, He also told them that He would rise.

The first time He told them, they had been horrified at the thought and one of them tried to tell Him that it was not going to go down like that.  The Man called him “Satan” and told him “you, behind me.”  The second time He told them, they were upset. The third time they said nothing.  Perhaps they had come to accept the inevitable.

Maybe He was wrong.  As they entered Jerusalem, they were greeted by large crowds, who shouted “Hosanna,” Hebrew for “Lord, save us,” and then the Hallel, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”  It is Nissan 10, the day on which the Passover lamb is selected.  He will be sacrificed on Nissan 14.

Prayer: But Christ, the heavenly Lamb, takes all our sins away; A sacrifice of nobler name And richer blood than they (Not All the Blood of Beasts, LSB 431:2).

This devotion was written by Rev. Steven Anderson – Pastor of Immanuel in Grand Mound.

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