Lent Devotions 2008: Wednesday 19 March

Looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter are coming. Look around and tell me what you see; bunnies, cream eggs, Easter bonnets, but probably not a cross or empty tomb in sight. But this text encourages us to look to Jesus.

We are to look to Jesus because He is the Founder and Perfecter of our faith (for more on this see devotion for Saturday 8 March). He is the One who delivers us and fits us out to be people of God through faith in what He has done for us. But what has He done?

He endured the cross. The cross was an instrument of shame, torture, and humiliation; a punishment Jesus did not deserve. However, He voluntarily underwent this punishment in our place. There was no reason for Him to die, as He had no sin. But He voluntarily died because He took our sins upon His shoulders so that we might be forgiven.

And after His death, God raised Him to life eternal. He has passed through death and come out the other side. He now sits at God’s right hand because Jesus, as our High Priest, has completed His work on our behalf. He truly is King of kings and Lord of lords, and one day every knee will bow and tongue confess this.

Look around; enjoy your Easter eggs, but keep your eyes on Jesus. Jesus as He hangs dying on the cross. Jesus as He emerges from the tomb on Easter morning, and Jesus who lives and reigns for all eternity.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep our gaze focused firmly on our crucified and resurrected Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.