Day 88 – March 29, 2021
ay 88 – March 29, 2021
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 2, John 19, Psalm 22
“These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”
It is difficult to write a brief devotion on the three chapters we read today. Israel’s story in Deuteronomy 2 is a call to remember the faithfulness of God. Moses reminds them, throughout Deuteronomy that God has been faithful. God is present and with them.
Today’s Gospel reading is the crucifixion of Jesus. There is no more important event in all of history than the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus. The only greater event will be His Return.
What is happening in the text is a debate between Jesus, the Jews and Pilate. Will Jesus be their King? And while Pilate seems obviously nervous about how all this is going, the Jews blatantly proclaim, “We have no king but Cesar.”
God has been faithful. The Israelites, not so much. In this particular event it is painfully clear, they are rejecting Jesus as their Lord and King.
In what is a startingly comparison, Psalm 22 is fulfilled in the crucifixion of Jesus. John sees it that way, as do other Gospel writers, and they can’t help but see the details of the crucifixion as a fulfillment of what is written in Psalm 22. There’s just too much to connect for them to be mere coincidence.
This Jesus, who was crucified, is Lord and Messiah.
The Lord is faithful, we lack nothing. We have all we need in Him.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.