CSR Daily Devotion

Short on time today. I hope you all get to church today. Worship, praise God and Jesus. Have a glorious Sunday!

February 23

7”But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir.  Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours.’  8So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.”  (Mark 12:7-8)

The “Parable of the Tenants” concludes with these two verses, an obvious foreshadowing of what would be done to Jesus.  While Jesus would be crucified for different reasons (the Jewish religious leaders of that time never believed Jesus was the Son of God-a belief Jews still cling to in our present day), Jesus knew He would be treated much like the landowner’s son:  killed and cast away.  But Jesus also knew that God was going to perform a miracle unlike the world had ever witnessed before, and has never seen since.  Throughout His ministry years, Jesus predicted His coming death often, and promised His disciples He would rise from the grave three days later.

Jesus had complete and utter faith in His Father.  Of course, He also had that inside knowledge of who He was.  Jesus had the confidence that He could do anything, because He was able to do everything.  It’s easy to have complete faith when you look at a mountain and when you tell it to move, it actually moves.  But what happens when you have a whole lot of faith, way more than just the size of a mustard seed and you look at a mountain, tell it to move, and it does what any mountain would:  NOTHING!   Now you feel some doubt.  Does that mean you really don’t have complete faith, even enough to fill one tiny mustard seed?  Or is thinking a mountain could move by just you telling it to move foolish for anyone to ask?  That verse is one of those figurative verses.  Those mountains Jesus speaks of are more of the metaphorical mountains in your life.  Those metaphorical mountains can easily be moved by faith as small as a mustard seed. 

Reading plan:  Mark 14:1-42

Deeper reading plan:  Joshua 5-7

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that Jesus helps move your mountains in 2020!

Fitness challenge:  Rest

Journal:  What mountains are you needing God to move this year?

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