LHM Lenten Devotion – April 12, 2014 “Time to Proclaim”

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Time to Proclaim”

April 12, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 40TEXT: I will tell of Your Name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise You (Psalm 22:22).

In the moment before His death Jesus loudly proclaimed “It is finished,” showing He had completed His Father’s plan to save all people. We return to the final section of Psalm 22 where Jesus predicts His resurrection, and what will come after.

After being delivered from death and hell by His faithful Father, Jesus appeared to His brothers the apostles, and revealed God’s gracious plan of salvation. Through their words in the New Testament He continues to declare the Lord’s Name to all believers. He gathers us together into a great worshiping assembly. And there in the midst of that congregation Jesus praises the Father who was the Source of God’s plan of salvation.

Three times each year the whole nation of Israel gathered together in Jerusalem to worship God, recall His promises, and call upon Him for help in the future. The first was the great Feast of Passover, when Israel recalled God’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. This was the very feast in which God’s Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, carried the sins of the world and delivered His people from slavery to sin, death and hell.

The second great feast followed 50 days after Easter. At Pentecost the nation gathered again to thank God for the harvest. At this feast Christ declared His great salvation through His apostles in Jerusalem and the Christian church was born. Each time we gather to worship in local congregations Jesus is there with us, proclaiming His Father’s great love in sending His Son. On the Last Day He will gather His scattered believers from around the world into His eternal kingdom.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for declaring the Father’s love to us. Give us faith to remain in that love forever. Amen.

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