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12:6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

– Mark 12:6-11 NIV

Mark 12:1-11 is one of those extremely famous and memorable texts in the Scripture. It talks about God’s consistent effort and work for the salvation of humanity. There were many who were sent by God to bring us the Word of God and to call us back into repentance and redemption. However, almost all those efforts were not received well by the recipients of those messages. Most of those who came in the form of priests, kings, prophets or messengers of God were abused, attacked, disrespected and in most cases killed.

After thousands of years, messengers and other ways of sending God’s message to human beings — Jesus came into the world. Jesus came as the last of all options. That’s why we openly and boldly declare that Jesus is the only way unto salvation. This is a radically genuine Word, thus there is no way of redacting or editing or improving this statement to make it politically correct.

In the name of tolerance and inclusivity or in the name of cultural and religious diversity there are times when people are trying to diminish the role and stature of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not one of many! He is the only way; He is the only one and He is the last one. There is no other way! Political correctness or some form of mellow inclusivity is not going to work in this equation. This is not something to play with. On this statement human salvation and human eternity is hanging.

That’s why in the Gospel of Mark it is clearly stated that Jesus Christ is the last of all messengers and messages that God sent. As believing and confessing Christians, we must bring this statement to the forefront of our missional approach to the world. Jesus is the only way unto salvation, therefore anyone who wants to come to the Father cannot come through any other way, other than His only Son, Jesus Christ. As Christians, knowing this and making this known, is the single most important mission.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we give You thanks for revealing this truth to us. Please help us to boldly believe and confess that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Please forgive us for not being bold enough to declare this truth to the world. From now on, we surrender to the will and power of the Holy Spirit to work in U.S. and through us in declaring the Good News of salvation to the world. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Devotion written by the Rev. Dr. Gemechis D. Buba

This daily prayer and Bible reading guide, Devoted to Prayer (based on Acts 2:42), was conceived and prepared by the Rev. Andrew S. Ames Fuller, director of communications for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). After a challenging year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been provided with a unique opportunity to revitalize the ancient practice of daily prayer and Scripture reading in our homes. While the Reading the Word of God three-year lectionary provided a much-needed and refreshing calendar for our congregations to engage in Scripture reading, this calendar includes a missing component of daily devotion: prayer. This guide is to provide the average layperson and pastor with the simple tools for sorting through the busyness of their lives and reclaiming an act of daily discipleship with their Lord. The daily readings follow the Lutheran Book of Worship two-year daily lectionary, which reflect the church calendar closely. The commemorations are adapted from Philip H. Pfatteicher’s New Book of Festivals and Commemorations, a proposed common calendar of the saints that builds from the Lutheran Book of Worship, but includes saints from many of those churches in ecumenical conversation with the NALC. The introductory portion is adapted from Christ Church (Plano)’s Pray Daily. Our hope is that this calendar and guide will provide new life for congregations learning and re-learning to pray in the midst of a difficult and changing world.

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