Zechariah 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9; 1 Timothy 6:12-16; Luke 19:41-48
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on that donkey, he fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy of the coming king. The people expected a militant king, one who would fight against their enemy, the Romans. Jesus came to fight, but it was against sin and its ways. He fought to cleanse the temple, running out those who sold goods, accusing them of turning God’s house into a den of robbers.
There are those in the church today who would make God’s house what it should not be and we are called to fight against that. To the death, our Lord Jesus fought against sin, death, and the devil, and won! Paul tells us to, “Fight the good fight of the faith.” (1Tim 6:12) Our life of faith is a battle each day, as sin and the devil attempt to make us, the temple of the Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 6:19) be what we should not be.
Thanks be to God, we have the Holy Spirit who empowers us to not only fight against sin, but to be more than conquerors. (Rom 8:37) And ultimately, we are the victors because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: O Holy Spirit, empower us to fight against sin daily and win so that we are more than conquerors to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.