Devotion for Wednesday, February 29

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Wednesday, February 29

Mark 8:31-33

What did he know and when did he know it?  We know sketchy details of Jesus growing up but at  about twelve years of age Jesus is quoted telling Mary and Joseph that he was “about his father’s business”.  Now he is telling his disciples that he will suffer and die to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy.

My spiritual journey has taken me in many directions.  My childhood religion consisted of rituals involving a lot of guilt, trying to attend more services, and praying the “please God” mantra.  As I could no longer follow the beliefs of that church, I looked for one that had answers.  Oh how sure were those who preached the inerrancy of the Bible.  There it was in black and white! Bible studies and memorizing verses seemed the way to go–that is until one study brought up “predestination.”  My response that “one was predestined if one believed so” brought the response that “it wasn’t that simple”.

Did Jesus have to die to fulfill the scriptures?   Could Jesus have refused using free will?  At this stage in my journey, I am less adamant in finding answers but am learning to live with the questions.  “Get away from me Satan….”

Jesus taught us to love one another.  The best way I find to do that is in community.

-Submitted by Barbara Sharp

GPS Questions:

Jesus constantly had his mind set on divine things – and Peter was trying! How are you encouraged to refrain from allowing your mind to be set on human things? What does it mean for you to set your mind on divine things?

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