Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 28

Friday, March 28, 2014 – Psalm 22; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 and Mark 6:47-56

1 Corinthians 9:16-27 – 16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel!

Yesterday I was honored as a Hometown Hero by KOLR 10 news. It’s an honor to even to have been nominated by a member of my church. When you go to their website you can see the many good people doing many great things. They have also honored others of whom I am now one.

Yet, I ask myself, why the honor when I’m only doing that which God has called me to do and I enjoy doing? My hope and prayer in all of this is that God be honored, the church be recognized as the great church it is and that I give thanks to God for what God has done and is doing through me.

Here’s a link to their website where you can view what aired last night.

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/heroes

The one on me is entitled “Hometown Hero Goes Above and Beyond for Community”

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/hometown-hero-goes-above-and-beyond-for-community/93447/x6MQsaIoDEGJL67BzMTnoQ

This day I do give thanks for the many members of Christ who do what Christ has called us to do, share Christ with others.

This being Friday, I’ll turn our focus once again to Psalm 22, the Psalm which reminds me of what Christ did for us upon the cross.

Psalm 22 – 1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

27  All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the LORD;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
28  For dominion belongs to the LORD,
and he rules over the nations.

29  To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.
30  Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
31  and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.

In our curriculum for my Sunday School class for this Sunday, the author points out that Jesus’ dying upon the cross is in one sense his enthronement as King of kings. Here is what is said in one portion of our curriculum for Sunday.

The Gospels present Jesus’ procession from condemnation to death with royal overtones. Just prior to the crucifixion scene, Jesus’ tormentors mock the suggestion that there is anything regal about this so-called king through their burlesque actions: clothing him in bright colors, giving him a crown and reed, saluting him, and kneeling before him (Mark 15:17–19; Matt.  27:28–30).  The wine they offer him at Golgotha mimics a king drinking from a cup at his coronation. On the cross, the written charges bestow a royal title upon Jesus. From the cruel parody springs a theological irony: the cross represents an enthronement.

Matthew L. Skinner is assistant professor of New Testament at
Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Copyright © 2006
www.TheThoughtfulChristian.com

In Psalm 22 we are reminded as to how all will one day bow down and pay homage to this one who died upon the cross for us.

May we find ways to honor Christ this day in our living by what we say and do.

O Lord, thank you for this day which you did not promise me, yet you are giving unto me. May I seek to glorify you and bring you honor through all I think, say and do this day. Amen.

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