Daily Devotion - March 26, 2021 - Christ Exalted

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 26, 2021
Reading: Isaiah 53:7-12
Weekly Theme: The Wounds and Sorrows of Ministry
Today: Christ Exalted by God

Next week is Holy Week. As Christians, we tend to focus on the two bookends of Holy Week rather than all that happens between Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his Resurrection. Yet what happened in between is of great significance and should never be overlooked.

I expect many may have looked at this week’s theme and thought, “No thanks; I don’t think I am interested in hearing about wounds and sorrows.” To deeply appreciate and embrace the outpouring of the grace and love of Christ on the cross, we cannot just gloss over it. We must come to grips with the wounds and sorrows Jesus experienced for our salvation and embrace the lessons we learn from him as we each experience our own taste of suffering on earth.

Oppressed, afflicted, slaughtered, judged, punished, crucified, died, buried… all these words describe all Jesus went through although he never sinned. To fully grasp how this treatment could be poured out on Jesus, according to God’s will, is beyond our comprehension. In 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, Paul informs us of the reasoning behind God’s actions by saying, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” God always knows what is on the other side of wounds and suffering, and that is hope, peace and life itself. God knows the rest of the story and if we trust God during our wounds and sorrows, God will deliver us through them. In Isaiah 53:11-12, Isaiah reveals to the people of Israel and to us today what God has in store for Jesus, the suffering Servant. On the other side of his suffering are light, life, justification for all, satisfaction, and eternity with God, whom Jesus sits next to right now and is interceding on our behalf.

May we always remember the sacred events of this Holy Week and fully appreciate all Jesus experienced for our sake. He closed the gap, created by our sin, between God and humanity when he stretched out his arms and bore the penalty for our sins. By Jesus’ resurrection, we rejoice that God conquered death. May we be moved to trust God’s insight, wisdom and actions and respond with a willing spirit to minister to the needs of others as Jesus did and be fully aware of the wounds and sorrows of ministry.

Dear God, we thank you for your willing Servant and Son, Jesus Christ, who said ‘not my will but thine”. Help us to remember the agony and pain of the cross and to be grateful for the cross and the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus, who died for our sin and our sake. Help us to respond with humility, inspired and convicted by Your mercy and justice, and moved to minister to the needs of others with renewed hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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