Lenten Devotion: Tuesday, April 7

Psalm 6Psalm 12Psalm 94 Lamentations 1:17-222 Corinthians 1:8-22Mark 11:27-33

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we preached among you, Silva’nus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No; but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.
2 Corinthians 1: 19-20

As we enter into Holy Week this Lenten Season, let us reflect on the monumental nature of Jesus’ YES during that week. Jesus is saying yes to his betrayal by Judas. Jesus is saying yes to his humiliation, mocking and beating by Caiaphas and Herod. Jesus is saying yes to his interrogation by Pilate. Jesus is saying yes to being falsely accused by the crowd. In the Garden of Gethsemane, sweating blood as he prays, Jesus is saying yes to his crucifixion—“Thy will not mine be done.” All of this is done in love so that God’s promises to us might be fulfilled. The resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday is because, “in him it is always yes” and Paul calls this merely “the first fruits of resurrection” available to us all. As we journey with Christ through Holy Week I wonder to what extent we are willing to say yes in our own lives in order to reap the fruits of resurrection a loving God has promised to us all.