Daily Devotion Tuesday, July 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – Psalm 28; 1 Samuel 11:1-15; Acts 8:1b-13 and Luke 22:63-71

It’s interesting that our daily reading from the Old Testament concerns Saul who became the first king of Israel and our reading from Acts concerns Saul who persecuted the followers of Christ. As we continue our readings Saul who became King will fall out of God’s graces and Saul who persecuted Jesus’ followers will become one of the most important followers of Christ.

For the next several days I’m going to focus upon the readings from Luke, posting the full reading so we can all read what Jesus endured for us. Today we hear of his being mocked and beat.

Luke 22:63-71 – 63Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; 64they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65They kept heaping many other insults on him.

66When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 67They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; 68and if I question you, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say that I am.” 71Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”

Through the night from the time he was arrested to his being brought before the high council Jesus was mocked and beat. Those of the high council may have gotten some sleep that night but not Jesus. Throughout this long night he endured suffering and shame for doing that which his and our heavenly Father had called him to do. He endured this for you. He endured this for me. He endured this that all might know of the Father’s love.

O Jesus, as I think on what you suffered that our sins might be forgiven I give thanks for your dedication to our Heavenly Father’s will. Yet in giving thanks, there is also a deep sense of sorrow for all you had to endure. Because of what you were willing to endure for us, may we be willing to make sacrifices that others may come to know of your love and the gift you offer all who trust and believe in you. Thanks be to you, O God. Amen.

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