March 12, 2019
Weekly Devotion
 
Jeremiah 26:8–15, Philippians 3:17–4:1, Luke 13:31–35
 
Behold, your house is forsaken.  And I tell you, you will not see me until you
say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
 
Forsaken.  It is a hard word for us to hear because it is a word without hope.  If you are forsaken, there is no opportunity for you to see the sunny side of life, experience joy, or have hope for a better tomorrow.  Forsaken means you have no future and you have not only been forgotten, but actively dismissed from the cares of another.  But this is how Jesus describes Jerusalem, “a city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it.”  Jesus says that Jerusalem is forsaken.  She is forsaken because she has rejected the Word of God and will not listen to those God has sent to her to proclaim his message.  Since they have turned away from God in their sin, he has turn away from them because of their sin.  And yet, Luke tells us, Jesus has “set his face toward Jerusalem.”  He makes plans to go into the city that has rejected its God to proclaim one last time the call of repentance to the people of Israel.  While he is there, his role as our Savior comes to fruition.  For when he is placed on the cross, he will cry out to the Heavens, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  
 
On the cross Jesus takes the place of Jerusalem and all who have sinned and becomes forsaken by God. All of the times we have turned away from God in sin are dealt with on
the cross when God must turn away from his son and leave him to die for our sins.  Jerusalem has killed another prophet, but this time the one who dies is also the Word of God and that Word will not be silenced.  He will burst from the tomb and prove the prophets right.
And he will finally be able to gather the children of Jerusalem together as a hen gathers her chicks.  You are not forsaken, you are forgiven.  You have hope and you have joy because you have a savior, forsaken in your place so that you can live.
 
-Pastor Errer
 
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength.  By Your mighty power defend us fro all
adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.
 
O come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.