Devotion for the 5th Sunday in Lent

Lent 5
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5: 5-10; John 12: 20-33.

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:8-10

Just a thought . . .
Our devotional theme in Week 5 is and remains Obedience to God. The season of Lent leading us to Easter and the resurrection is no different certainly than all the other days and weeks of the year. As God said in Jeremiah “know the Lord…” It is funny that we must be reminded of this covenant, even though inwardly we know that our prayers for forgiveness were answered long before we ever asked. Therefore, each of us is “restored…” with the joy that only God can and does provide when we reach out to him for forgiveness. Raising our voices in prayer is, after all, the most important, albeit, supreme gesture of obedience to God, is it not?

Just as Paul made “obedience to God” a focal point of his writings in Hebrews, so too did John in his teachings. Jesus reminds us in those teachings that “if any man serve (him) let him follow me and where I am, there shall also my servant be…” Each of us longs for that precious eternal life after death, yet we fall short in our daily role as an obedient servant. Lent enables each of us to do a “mid-course” correction so to speak. Corrections are often needed in life as we are apt to stray from the azimuth laid out at birth. Therefore, take a moment in these days leading up to the cross and the resurrection to reflect on your azimuth as a servant and a disciple of Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we strive during this Lenten season to re-educate ourselves to the wonders you brought forth, and to re-dedicate ourselves to your obedience. We are so undeserving and frail, yet your sacrifice on the cross reminds each of us that “ (you) are the resurrection and the life…” Truly, by only believing in you, shall we live and never die. These solemn words ring loudly, Lord, as a reminder of your covenant–never broken. During Lent, we give thanks to your many wonders, your many sacrifices, your enormous love, and to a life of service to one another through which we honor and serve you, Lord. Amen.

Arch Galloway II