Daily Devotion Monday, July 8

Monday, July 8, 2013 – Psalm 73; 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-23; Acts 9:19b-31 and Luke 23:44-56a

Luke 23:44-56a – 44It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. 47When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. 49But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

50Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.

On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

In the liturgy for Holy Communion there is a place for the congregation to participate. The pastor says; “Great is the mystery of faith.” And the people respond; “Christ died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”

Today, our text reminds us that Jesus really did die. He breathed his last breath and died. Then he was buried and laid in a tomb. When I read about Jesus’ burial and his being “wrapped in a linen cloth” I can’t help but go back to his birth where the text says; “and the baby was wrapped in swaddling cloth.” As Jesus’ life began wrapped in cloth, so would it end wrapped in linen cloth.

If the story of Jesus’ life had ended here, there would be no Christian faith. There really wouldn’t be any hope for us. But thanks be to God that the account goes on; as Paul Harvey would say, “and now the rest of the story.” That will come tomorrow.

For today, just focus upon Jesus’ dying and being buried for your sins, for all our sins. And await with me the rest of his story.

Jesus, you died that I might live. May this be my focus not only today but always. May your gift unto me guide me in living that others might live as well. Thanks be to you, O Christ, for your sacrifice that can be a blessing unto all. Amen.

Psalm 73 – 1   Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart. …

28  But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
to tell of all your works.

God is good all the time. All the time God is good! Amen.

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