Daily Devotion Thursday, September 5

Thursday, September 5, 2013 – Psalm 47; 1 Kings 11:1-13; James 3:13-4:12 and Mark 15:12-21

Mark 15:12-21 – 12Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

16Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. 17And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

21They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

This Sunday the sermon at Community Presbyterian will be “Were You There”. It is a sermon that The Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall preached probably on a Palm Sunday or maybe even Good Friday. Bob Skaggs, our guest leader of our Peter Marshall weekend event will preach it.

When thinking about Jesus’ trial and crucifixion I always ask myself would I been one of the silent ones or would I have been one who cried out; “Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify him!”

In thinking about that question I sense that had I been silent, makes me as guilty as if I’d cried out “crucify him!”

What I give thanks for is that Jesus was willing to go the way of the cross, to die for all our sins, even for those who were silent or who called for him to be crucified.

I give thanks that Jesus’ crucifixion and death is not the end of the story but in a real sense the end of one chapter which then leads to the next long chapter of history. History lived under his lordship. What I hope is that Jesus’ dying for my sins leads me to strive to live a life worthy of his death, for through him I have real life.

In the reading from James we hear;

James 3:13-4:12 – 3:13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

So, my friends may we do as the Psalmist call us to do, clap our hands and shout to God with songs of joy.

Psalm 47 – Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth. …

O Jesus, thanks for going the way of the cross so that my sins can be forgiven and I can have new life. Thanks for doing this so that all can have this same gift. May I strive to live today sharing your love through thought, word and deed. Amen.

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