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» Devotion - April 1, 2015

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughters of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Zechariah 9:9-10


By some historians’ estimates, there have been 14,351 wars, 3.64 billion people killed in those wars, and only 292 years of peace since 3,600 B.C. Again, by those estimates, that means that in the last 5,614 years there has been peace only 5% of the time. Those same historians also estimate that in the last 3,000 years there have been 8,000 treaties made and broken. And in just the last 300 years there have been 286 wars on the continent of Europe alone.

So if you were told about a king who was going to come and lead the charge for peace while riding a donkey, would you be a little skeptical? But what if we were talking about a different kind of peace?

Think of the battles that go on within you. Think of the conflict you fight between the good you would do, but don’t do; the evil you wouldn’t do, but that you seem to keep on doing. Think how often that conflict puts you at odds with God or pits you against God. Think of how many peace treaties you’ve made with God or yourself and how many of those treaties you have broken. Now if you were told about a king who was going to come and lead the charge for peace–peace of conscience and peace between you and God–would you still be skeptical? Or would you beg to know this peacemaker?

Jesus is that peacemaker. His ride on a donkey took him into Jerusalem to do battle with the worst enemies this world has ever known–sin, death, and the devil. You know they are the worst enemies because they are the cause of your conflict. In that battle, Jesus suffered and died. But it wasn’t without purpose. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteousness, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Nor was the outcome without triumph. Jesus was raised to life so that your sins are not counted against you. This is the peace Jesus won for the world.

Admittedly, it is a different kind of peace. But it is your peace through faith in Jesus. And you can rely on it 100% of your life. Because of Christ crucified and Christ risen, the weapons of the enemy have been taken away.

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, let me never forget the words you spoke to your disciples after you road into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). In your name I pray. Amen.

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» Devotion - March 31, 2015

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

A Savior Worthy of Honor

The highest honor given by the United States military is the Medal of Honor. It is awarded for personal acts of valor “above and beyond the call of duty.” The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 during the Civil War and only 3,469 medals have been awarded in more than 150 years. The Medal of Honor is truly a prestigious award.

Right now the church is celebrating Holy Week. It is a time when we remember all that Jesus did by his suffering and death to pay for the sins of the entire world. Jesus went “above and beyond the call of duty” to fight for us.

In a letter to the Philippians the apostle Paul lists some of the things Jesus did for us. Even though he is true God, Jesus willingly became a man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a humble life and then, as the God-Man, gave his life as a payment for sin. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, he was crucified, died, and was buried. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sin.

Not everyone knows or appreciates Jesus’ sacrifice, but a day is coming when they will. Jesus will receive the honor and recognition he deserves. Even now Jesus sits at the right hand of God ruling the world in the best interest of his children. And he will come again as a righteous judge. At that time all will recognize him as the Almighty Lord, and his believers will celebrate his sacrifice as our perfect Savior.

This week we will watch one more time as Jesus goes to battle for the world. Take time to consider and confess your sin that made his death necessary. Never doubt for a moment that this is a fight that Jesus has fought and won for you.

Prayer: 

Lord, thank you for sending Jesus as my perfect Savior. As I reflect on the payment he made for my sin, I am assured of his great love for me. May I respond by giving him the worship and praise he deserves. Amen.

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» Devotion - March 30, 2015

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'" They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

Mark 11:1-10

Quite an Entrance

Did you see the halftime show at the Super Bowl this year? Singer Katy Perry made quite an entrance. The entire stadium went dark and, after a long dramatic pause, spotlights shown down on the pop singer who arrived riding a two-story mechanical lion. Her arrival set the tone for a dazzling display of lights and glamor that many have come to expect at a stage as big as the Super Bowl. It was quite an entrance.

I couldn’t help but think of the contrast between Katy Perry’s entrance and Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. After three years of ministry when Jesus was finally going to take center stage, he made his arrival on, of all things, a donkey. And make no mistake about it, Jesus was setting the tone. He was coming as a King, but he was coming in humility. He wasn’t coming to take things for himself. He was coming to give his life.  He was coming to make the payment for the sin of all people of all time.

The people sensed something big was happening. Some put their coats on the ground; others took palm branches and put them in Jesus’ path. They gave Jesus a king’s welcome.

They began to shout, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"  The words of the people were prophetic. They were shouting, “Lord, save us!” And that is exactly what Jesus had come to do.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the week in which Jesus lowered himself to the depth of humility that brought him to death. Watch as Jesus makes his way to the cross to sacrifice himself to pay for sin. But make sure you keep watching until Easter when you will see his greatest victory.

Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming as my humble King to pay for my sin. With the people on Palm Sunday I shout, “Lord save me!” Let me live with confidence, knowing that you are my victorious king. Amen.

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» Devotion - March 29, 2015

It was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 53:10-12


You are going to pay for that! My wife has used that expression with me after I have eaten some really spicy food. At the time I enjoyed it, but she knew I would be up all night with heartburn. I was going to pay for it.

In this lesson from Isaiah our just God tells us, “The Christ is going to pay for that!” When pointing ahead to Jesus Christ, Isaiah writes, “It was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer…his life will be a guilt offering…and he will bear our iniquities (sins).” Our God has every right to punish us for the wrongs that we have done and the sins that we have committed, but instead he sent us a Savior, Jesus Christ. When we consider Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, we see this prophecy from Isaiah come true. Jesus paid for the sins that we have committed. He paid for the sins of all people for all time.

After Jesus died for our sins, he saw “the light of life.” In other words, Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection was proof that God accepted Jesus’ payment for our sin.  Now we can stand before God perfectly forgiven. Another way that Isaiah assures us of this same truth is by saying Jesus would “justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.” The word “justify” paints the picture of a court room where a judge finds a defendant “not guilty” of a crime. Because of the payment Jesus made for us, the Lord finds us “not guilty” of any of the wrongs we have done.  When speaking about our sins, we can say with certainty, “Jesus paid for them!”

Because of his surprising love in paying for our sins, Jesus is called “great” by the prophet Isaiah. It is my prayer that you will see that greatness of Jesus. He has paid for your sins. He has restored your relationship with your Heavenly Father. He has given you a bright future.

Prayer: 

Dearest Jesus, thank you for revealing in your Word how you suffered and died to free me from the just punishment I deserve from God for my sins. Work in my heart that I may truly believe in you as my Savior to have the peace of forgiveness and the hope of life eternal with God.  Amen.

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» Devotion - March 28, 2015

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6

Look Again

A prisoner on death row. A convict being prepared for lethal injection. A man on a cross…

He must have been a very bad man. He must have done something terrible. He must be getting what he deserves…

Is that what we see happening on a hill outside Jerusalem?

From the perspective of a first century observer, standing at the cross of Jesus, what do you see? A man on a cross. But not just any man. He is supposed to be some sort of spiritual leader. Yet he is a man condemned. A man suffering. A man dying. A man separated from God! God has stricken him. God has smitten him. God has afflicted him.  He must be getting what he deserves.

But wait. Look again.

From the perspective of the 700 BC prophet Isaiah, looking at the cross of Jesus, what do you see? A man on a cross. But this is no ordinary man. This is the Son of God, the promised Suffering Servant, the Savior. He is not getting what he deserves; he is sinless, perfect, holy. He is getting what we deserve. He is being pierced for our transgressions. He is being crushed for our iniquities. He is wounded and punished for us.

Now. Once more. Look again.

From the place where you stand or sit or kneel today, pondering the cross of Jesus, what do you see? Your infirmities taken up. Your sorrows carried. Your transgressions, your iniquities, your punishment—on him. And because he is the sinless, suffering, serving, saving Son of God, you see peace, healing, forgiveness.

Look again. You have peace, healing, forgiveness. In Jesus. 

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, bless me as I look again upon your cross, pondering all that it means for the world and for me. Amen.

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