Friday, April 15, 2011

Psalm 22.1-5, Exodus 5.1-6.1, Mark 15.33-47 - Lectionary for 4/15/11

Today's readings are Psalm 22.1-5, Exodus 5.1-6.1, and Mark 15.33-47.

Have you ever tried making something without the proper materials? The Israelites had to make bricks without the necessary materials being provided. Their work was greatly increased to the point that they were unable to accomplish their task. Their lives seemed grim. They were doomed to failure. Likewise, when Jesus dies on the cross his followers are left in the dark. They don't know what will be happening in the future, but they know Jesus is not going to deliver them, at least not the way they expected. He was so fragile he died very quickly, much faster than people usually do when crucified.

What we see, as we know the end of the story, is that God delivers his people both from their bondage in Egypt and from the curse of death. As Jesus rose from the dead, we who believe will also receive new life and be partakers in the resurrection. It doesn't matter that our state looks hopeless, that we see sickness, death, and decay all around us. Jesus is the firstfruits of the resurrection to life. Let us believe on him, casting all our hopes on him, not on our own works.

Dave Spotts
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