Today’s readings: Isaiah 63:1-6; 1 Timothy 1:1-17; Mark 11:1-11
Upon his triumphal entry, the people of Jerusalem rightly recognized Jesus as their king. Yet, by the week’s end, twisted words and false accusations caused shouts of “hosanna!” to be overcome by shouts of “crucify!” Today, twisted words and faulty doctrine have the same effect. They continue to lead people away from recognizing their sin and their dependence upon Christ as Lord and Savior.
In our second lesson, Paul urges young Timothy to correct faulty doctrine. Through Scripture, God charges today’s pastors and teachers to do likewise. Twisted words continue to lead Christians away from the truth of Christ. The world is populated with those who spurn the call to repentance in favor of falsely redefining sin. There exists a worldly acceptance of who people want Christ to be, rather than for who Christ truly is.
Today we pray for our pastors, theologians, and teachers of the faith. We pray that God would fill the Church with sound doctrine and the truth of the gospel, so that those who long to hear the message of God’s saving grace may confess their sin, receive forgiveness and know Jesus Christ as Savior, Redeemer, and Lord of all.
Prayer: Fill us with your Spirit, O Lord, that we might speak to others the truth of your gospel. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.