Lent – Saturday – March 19

Mark 8:27-30

There are many theories about why Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t tell anyone I’m the Messiah.” Maybe it wasn’t the right time. Maybe Jesus was worried for the disciples’ safety in the face of opposition to Jesus, or perhaps, as it is been labeled, this was the “Messianic secret” of the book of Mark’s author. Jesus, however, does not say to us, “Don’t tell anyone I’m the Messiah.” In fact, it is our joy to tell others of God’s love in Jesus Christ for all God has created. It is our joy to tell others, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” Now we rejoice in sharing the joy with which God has filled our hearts by loving us unconditionally.

Lord, may your joy inspire us in new ways to speak of and bring your love to our lives and our world. Amen.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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