Today's post is from Concordia Deaconess Jennifer Kettler and is part of a series on Lent and Holy Week. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being the commitment they show to those in our care is one of the many ways that Concordia stands out from other senior care providers. If you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought or idea, feel free to leave a comment below!
Jesus was very aware of the purpose of His incarnation. In fact, he was quite clear, at least to his disciples, about the days and tasks ahead of him. The Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke each record Jesus foretelling His death three different times. Here are the accounts from Mark:
Jesus had just healed and blind man and Peter had confessed Jesus as the Christ.
And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
Jesus had just healed a boy with an unclean spirit.
31 For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day." 32 But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.
The disciples then proceed to argue over which of them is the greatest.
Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles;and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again."
Christ has died.
Christ has risen.
Christ will come again.
God keeps all His promises.
"So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf."
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!