Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/10/19

Today please be in prayer for

Wichita First UMC
Wichita West District
Goddard UMC
Wichita West District
Argonia UMC
Harper UMC
Wichita West District
Argonia UMC
Harper UMC
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 18:31-34 

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Today's Devotional

February of this year was the 15th anniversary of the debut of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” It was a riveting film about the final hours of our Lord. If you’ve seen the film, you might like it, or maybe you don’t. I can’t speak to the biblical accuracy of the movie, but one thing I can say for certain is that they held back nothing concerning the brutality of the event. I remember watching the movie in theaters and crying, raging. Anger filled me at the scenes of how Jesus was treated. I wondered how so many could have watched what was happening and not step in. I thought, even though I wouldn’t last long against those soldiers, I’d still be so overwhelmed with fury that I know I’d have died fighting in that moment.
 
Many things have changed in the last 15 years, and aside from a little growing up, I have come to know Christ and have been saved and baptized in the faith. I think if I watched this film again (which I haven’t because of the emotional response I have as described), I would see this in a slightly different light. I know I would still feel the anger at how Jesus was tortured, but I now know what it would have meant for the world if the events had not transpired exactly as they did.
 
What if I had been there on that day and was able to stop the crucifixion? What if, in this selection of scripture, had the apostles understood what was to come and had successfully stopped God’s plan? There is no anger I can feel concerning the death of Jesus that is more powerful than the love and appreciation I feel in knowing what He did for me and for us on the cross. With 20/20 hindsight, I am thankful that Jesus was honest with his apostles, but I am just as thankful that this truth wasn’t understood and/or was hidden from them in order for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
-Trent Tatman
Coffeyville:Trinity UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Heavenly Father, please set me on the path You have in mind for me so that I can accomplish Your plan. Protect me from outside influences that might seek to derail me in these efforts, just as You kept the apostles in the dark about Your plans for our savior Jesus Christ, Your son, in whose holy name we pray. AMEN.
 

 

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