Devotion - April 16, 2014

Devotion - April 16, 2014

Daily devotion from Zechariah 9:9-10.

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Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Zechariah 9:9-10


If enemies of a nation are strong, the people rejoice to see a strong ruler take over. Maybe he will be able to defeat their enemies!

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, people imagined that he was the one who could defeat their enemies. But it gave them pause to see him gentle and riding on a donkey. That didn’t really exude power. And later, when they saw him hanging on a cross, they really had to wonder.

My enemies are strong. I can’t escape death. Sometimes it seems like I can postpone it for a while, but you never know. And just when I think I have conquered some sin in my life, another one pops up and gives me trouble. In fact, there are so many things that go wrong that some evil force like the devil must be behind them. Why does God allow such things?
 
I am directed to look to Jesus, hanging on a cross. Since he was righteous, he did not deserve to hang there. But God allowed it! He allowed this injustice so that Jesus could defeat my enemies.

Jesus took my place in death and hell. Now, even when my body and soul separate, I know that my soul goes straight to heaven through faith in Jesus. I will never have to suffer hell with the devil. He is defeated.

Jesus rose from the dead. That is all the proof that I need to know that I have peace with God the Father, and that peace could only exist if all of my sins are forgiven. That peace extends to all who believe in Jesus as Savior, all the way to the ends of the earth.

That peace also gives me strength to struggle against sin as long as I live. I know that I will not be perfect this side of heaven, but sin no longer has to have mastery over me. Jesus has defeated it.

Prayer: 

I rejoice greatly, O Lord, that you have defeated my enemies. Give me eyes of faith to see your victory as you hung on the cross and rose from the dead. Amen.

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