Daily Devotion Saturday, September 7

Saturday, September 7, 2013 – Psalm 49; 1 Kings 12:1-20; James 5:7-20 and Mark 15:33-39

In the Psalm for today we hear how the ransom of life is costly and then in the reading from Mark we hear how Jesus died. Hear now these words from God’s holy word to us.

Psalm 49 – Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life,
there is no price one can give to God for it.
For the ransom of life is costly,
and can never suffice,
that one should live on forever
and never see the grave.

Mark 15:33-39 – 33When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Friends, the payment for our sins was costly. Yet, Jesus was willing to pay the price. He was the Son of God. He was the unblemished lamb who died that we might live.

For those of you who are a part of Community Presbyterian Church, use today as a time to prepare ourselves to hear Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall’s sermon – Where You There.” Bob Skaggs our guest leader of the Peter Marshall weekend workshop will be preaching it on Sunday. This gives us a chance to have a time of remembering Jesus’ death apart from Good Friday, apart from Easter.

For those of you unable to be with us if you’d like to hear this sermon by The Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall here is a link to the sermon.


This day meditate upon the great price Jesus paid so that we could be free of debt because of sin and alive to all that is good in Jesus Christ.

O Jesus, no movie or play can really show all that you went through during your crucifixion; the pain, the torment, the suffering, the aloneness. You endured what you did so that we could have a full relationship with you and the full Godhead; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May we receive anew this gift each day and seek to live our life by enjoying the gift and seeking to glorify you. Amen.

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