Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/3/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Melrose UMC, Lottsburg VA, VA Conference
Missouri River District
Ashland, NE UMC
Cedar Hill UMC
Missouri River District
Auburn, NE First UMC
Missouri River District
Barada UMC
Falls City Bethel UMC
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. -- Luke 24:1 (NIV)

Today's Devotional

The spices (Greek = aromata, spices) yes, the spices are the post-Easter thought this week. The matter of spices had been mentioned ever since Jesus’ birth. We remember the Wise Men brought the frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense was the worship spice of the priesthood. Myrrh was the bitter perfume of the burial ritual.  

With these spices, the women were determined to show the proper respect for Jesus’ body. Also with their timing, they respect Jesus. They are willing to get up very early on that Sunday morning to respect him. 

Being early matters. It says the first day of the week. This would be sure to avoid the sabbath. Because there needed to be no work done from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, they would have no light on Saturday night. Sunday morning was their first chance to dress the body after death. 

The spices indicate that the women wanted to show proper respect. Even though Jesus had been rejected and executed publicly, they were going to show respect. Jesus was technically and spiritually disgraced. He was ritually unclean. But they are going to show respect to his body. This means that the women are not accepting the verdict that sent Jesus to the cross. They are continuing to love and respect him as the teacher and healer that they knew. Even after he was disgraced, they accepted his grace. 

We find a whole raft of lessons that can be taken from this one action. 

Keep respecting Jesus. After Easter, before Easter, during Easter, keep respecting Jesus. 

Bring quality to Jesus. The spices were quality spices. Frankincense and myrrh were on the high-quality list for that period of history. 

Respond in a timely manner. The women were there on the first chance they had to show respect and anoint Jesus body. 

Be gracious to him who showed us grace. (After his disgrace, accept his grace.) 

Anoint him who needs no anointing. Anointing the Anointed accepts him as the Messiah. 

The spices at the tomb represent the acceptance of Jesus as teacher, minister, and anointed one. What “spices” can I bring Jesus? 

-- Rev. Scott E.R. Evans
Doniphan-Rosedale Parish

Prayer for Reflection

We can respond in spices and in spirit. We can respond in the same spirit as the women did. Accept his grace. Offer him grace. Join in his anointing process. We can become an anointed part of his anointed people. Amen. 


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