April 18, 2014

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Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33; 1 Peter 1:10-20; John 13:36-38

“The sufferings of Christ” are necessarily connected to “subsequent glories.” Despite what popular preachers say, the Scriptures speak otherwise. Even the prophets foretold his sufferings. Suffering was necessary for the glory of Christ. It was no different for his disciples, nor is it different for his followers today.

Yet, we are to prepare for the activity of holy hope, not setting our thoughts on current sufferings (though embracing them, Phil 3:10). We are to be holy, and holiness means hoping in spite of suffering. This not only means holy behavior; it means a holy mindset. We must always be mindful that our holiness comes through Christ, for we are not only to be holy because he is holy; we are already holy because he is holy.

Jesus has ransomed us from futile and pathetic attempts at holiness. He has made us holy through his suffering and death—with his precious blood. We have this hope, and must call it to mind every morning. Remembering God’s great faithfulness, we prepare our minds to patiently await the glorious salvation of the Lord. This is the great work of any Christian: faith—setting our hope fully on the coming grace of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Great is your faithfulness, O Lord, in which I place my whole hope. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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