LHM Lenten Devotion – March 26, 2014 “The Lion’s Roar”

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“The Lion’s Roar”

March 26, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 109. TEXT: They open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion (Psalm 22:13).

In yesterday’s devotion Jesus compared His enemies to animals — powerful, aggressive, ferocious bulls. Now He compares them to another terrifying, wild beast-mighty lions with their mouths wide open, advancing on their prey with loud, frightening roars.

The Jewish leaders had long plotted Jesus’ destruction. They roared loudly as they threatened to remove anyone from the synagogue who confessed Jesus as the promised Messiah (see John 9:22). When Judas betrayed Jesus they sprang into action. They arrested, tried, condemned and abused Him. There was only one man left standing in their way: the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.

Pilate examined Jesus in their presence, and found there was no evidence to support their charges against Him. He was going to free the Christ until they started roaring. They bullied and intimidated Pilate, pressuring him to give in to their will and have Jesus executed. Pilate stood strong at first, affirming Jesus’ innocence. But like the thunderous roar of lions, their loud threats and chants of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” overwhelmed Pilate who finally stepped aside, washed his hands of the whole affair, and ordered the execution of God’s Son.

Jesus has described His enemies as bulls or lions. They have the characteristics of wild animals, but they are all too human. Behind them stands Jesus’ great arch-enemy Satan. In the beginning the devil worked through an animal, a serpent, to destroy mankind (see Genesis 3). Now he worked through these ferocious people to destroy the Savior of mankind.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, You stood all alone before such vicious people, yet You pleaded with Your Father to forgive them, “for they know not what they do.” Forgive me my sins and give me strength to stand and tell others of Your great salvation. Amen.

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