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Daily Devotion for February 24, 2024


<i>Ecce Homo</i>, “Here is the Man,” by Tintoretto ca. 1547.
Ecce Homo, “Here is the Man,” by Tintoretto ca. 1547. These are the words of Pilate as he delivered Jesus to the crowd.

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

For our Saturday Oldie, a lesser “King” bows his head to the true King.




For Joy Among the Children of God

Heavenly Father, you take no pleasure in wickedness and evil has no place in your kingdom; the boastful will not stand in your sight. You hate all the workers of evil. You destroy those who lie and defraud; you abhor the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

Bless me that I will not be among them, for I would come into your house in the multitude of your mercy. In fear of you and in the hope of mercy, I worship you. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness. Make Your way straight before my face. Let all those rejoice who put their trust in you; let them shout for joy, because you defend them; those who love your name, grant them mercy and joy.

And evermore let your word spread throughout the world, and make me your servant in this task. In Christ’s name, I pray,

Amen.

Prayer for Those Who Have Turned Away

Grant, O Lord Christ, peace, love and speedy reconciliation to your people whom You have redeemed with your precious blood. Make your presence become known to those who have turned away from You and do not seek You, so that none of them may be lost, but all may come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. May all the earth praise your holy Name, living in the true love and harmony you purchased for us by your suffering.

Amen.

Benediction

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that you direct my way unto you, and make me and all of us to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end that we may establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before you, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Amen.

Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.




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Psalm 100 (NKJV)

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.


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John 7:25-31 (ESV)

Can This Be the Christ?
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ome of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.”

So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.”

So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”


Notes on the Scripture

Jesus has caused quite a hubbub in Jerusalem. The rumor has spread that there is a man named Jesus who may be the Christ, or who claims to be the Christ, and whom the authorities seek to kill for heresy. A few people from Jerusalem therefore talk about him and their conversation is recorded here.

These poor people don’t know what to think. First, they recognize Jesus as the man that is causing all the stir and the person that the authorities want to kill. But they are impressed, knowing that he is a virtual outlaw, that he would stand up and speak boldly in public. And so they reason that the authorities must think he is the Christ, because otherwise they would have arrested him.

On the other hand, they have been taught that the Messiah would come in a blaze of glory (as the Old Testament indicates in places) and they think this means that he will appear magically—nobody will know where he is from. But Jesus is just a simple man from Nazareth. He doesn’t look like the Messiah.

But Jesus straightens them out. They do know where he comes from, and it isn’t Nazareth; he comes from God. And he proclaims in public, once again, the words that have gotten him in so much trouble with the civil and religious leaders of Jerusalem: He has been sent by God and, unlike them or their religious leaders, he knows God.

Finally, we return to one of the central themes of the Gospel of John, that Christ made himself known by signs or miracles. It is these signs that finally turn many people to belief. The question, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”, is rhetorical. Those who ask this question are saying, in effect, “Haven’t you seen what he has done? Do you really expect more?”



Madonna by Angelo da Fonseca
Madonna by Angelo da Fonseca, ca. 1950.
Fonseca was one of the first to depict Mary and Jesus as Indians, and he was criticized for it. He was from Goa — hence the Portuguese name.

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