Monday, April 25, 2011

Psalm 13, Exodus 15.1-18, Hebrews 9.1-28 - Lectionary for 4/25/11 - day of St. Mark, Evangelist

Today is the day of St. Mark, Evangelist. Today's readings are Psalm 13, Exodus 15.1-18, and Hebrews 9.1-28.

As the people of Israel rejoice in their deliverance from Egypt, so also we read in Hebrews that we can rejoice in our deliverance from bondage to sin. How do we enter into that freedom? We enter through Jesus, who gave his life into death so we could receive it and live. This doesn't seem to make much sense to our modernist minds. We think that we should be able to do what is needed to secure our own destiny. We don't see how one thing can be given on behalf of any of us. We especially doubt whether someone who lived a long time ago like Jesus could have something to say or do to us today. After all, how can his life or death have an affect on us? We're separated by about 2000 years and many many miles. We're in quite different cultures.

The author of Hebrews points out that we are all in the same situation, though. There's a divine, heavenly reality, and that reality includes Jesus giving himself to secure our forgiveness. It is mirrored in the custom of sacrifices, but the reality, the fulfillment of all is in Jesus, given for us. So we look to Jesus and that fact that he "will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him" (Heb. 9.28, ESV).

Dave Spotts
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