Wednesday in Holy Week, April 16, 2014

Morning Psalm: 55 | Evening Psalm: 74
Lamentations 2:1-9 | 2 Corinthians 1:23—2:11 | Mark 12:1-11
 
“If only I would have said this or done that, things would be so different now.” How many times have we caught ourselves uttering these words when faced with a seemingly overwhelming situation in our lives? It seems as though we spend a lifetime pursuing the freedom of our own will, that is, as long as the results of the pursuit are favorable. As soon as the hardships arise, (as they always do), we either turn to God to ask Him to set things straight, or we blame God for allowing us to be in this predicament.
 
When Jesus told the Parable of the Tenants (Mark 12:1-12), He knew full well that He was speaking of what was to come at the hands of His own chosen people.  Why wouldn’t He change the outcome, after all, He is God, and He could certainly have done so? Jesus wasn’t concerned with looking out for His own well-being; instead His desire was set squarely on bringing His creation back to a personal relationship with Him.  He knew that there was only one way to achieve this, and the pain and anguish that permeated through Him as He told this parable will never be known by us.
 
The irony in this parable is that the religious leaders knew that Jesus spoke it against them, yet they failed to change their evil schemes, even though they were given a glimpse of its outcome. In our own fallen state would we really change our actions if we knew the outcome? Psalm 55 tells us to “cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.” We will stumble and fall in this life, but know that there is an eternal promise in Jesus Christ our Lord. He will “never permit the righteous to be moved” (v. 22).
 
Dear Father, In spite of all my shortcomings You see me as Your perfect creation. Thank You for Your grace and mercy on my soul. Give me the ability to shine Your light in the darkest of places.
 
Joseph Rearick
MDiv
Aliquippa, PA

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