Prayer: Teach me, O God, through your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
At the foot of the cross
5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house…
Our devotion writer tells us about the Cruz de Ferro (the iron cross). It stands along the pilgrimage route in Spain and there are thousands of stones collecting at its base. These stones are prayers, memories and stories brought by pilgrims as they travel the Camino de Santiago.
Have we not heard it said; “leave your sins at the foot of the cross?” And so people leave their worries and memories at the foot of the cross and go on with new hope and new understanding. Our devotion writer refers to it as “a deep sense of trust in the future.”
And so, in our walk of life, we can learn that Jesus went to the cross for us to forgive our sins for ALL TIME. Even for the sins we may commit tomorrow. We have this hope and we can trust that when we leave our sins behind, we move out refreshed and sparkling clean with new hope and new future.
Prayer: “Your firm foundation holds us through our journeys, O God. Keep us strong in Christ’s name. Amen.”
1 Peter 2:2-10
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
“A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.