Middle School Boys Devo #5 & #6

4/7/2020 - Holy Week

Hymns for this week : "My Jesus I Love Thee" & " Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery"

Growing up in the Church, Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. Starting with Palm Sunday to kick off Holy Week,  I always look forward to Easter Sunday. This year, I have been pretty sad that Easter won't be the same as it normally is. I usually get so excited for Easter, but over the last few weeks of being away from everyone and being stuck at home, it just hasn't felt the same. Without the normal celebrations and excitement to remind me, I have kind of forgotten about Easter. So for our devotion today I want us to look at a Psalm that serves as a good reminder of Easter.

Read Psalm 22

Psalm 22 is a great Psalm to read and study as we celebrate the days of Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday). As you read through the whole chapter be sure to focus on
  •  The first verse of Psalm 22 is the same question Jesus cries out in agony as He hangs on the cross and feels the full weight of God's wrath: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
  • Verses 16-18 predict the physical suffering Jesus will face on the cross.  
  • Verse 31 "...He has done it." is foreshadowing Jesus conquering death and the final victory of salvation that He accomplished. 
So, as you study through this Psalm, I want you guys to think about Easter. Think about Jesus's suffering of physical pain, as well as the spiritual pain of bearing all of God's wrath for our sin.  Think about the way He was mocked and beaten and betrayed by His closest friends. Then, focus on the last words of v.31 "...They shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn, that He has done it." My that be a reminder to us that Jesus has done it all! Jesus suffered God's wrath and full separation from God, so we don't have to. He was forsaken by God so we don't have to be. He has overcome sin and death by giving His life and taking our punishment so we could have salvation! What great news that is, and I pray it is an encouragement to you like it has been to me.

In Christ,

Billy Pierce


Hymns: "How Deep the Father's Love For Us" & "Christ the Lord is Risen Today"

This Easter season, I want us to be reminded of who God is. It is easy for us to simply go through the motions of celebrating Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and forget why we are doing it. We can get lost in getting  all dressed up, eating candy, and focusing on what we will get in our Easter baskets that Easter just becomes another holiday for us. Well, this weeks devotion comes from Psalm 24 and serves as a great reminder to us of who God is, and why Easter is so important.

Read Psalm 24

Psalm 24 was written by King David and served reminder to ancient Israel of who God is. It starts off as a reminder that the world and everything was created by God and belongs to God. This tells us something of God's power and might, that He created everything and rules over it. Nothing belongs to us. Not food, water, money, success, power, our lives, nothing. This helps remind us just how little and powerless we really are, that we don't even have ownership of the very things we need to stay alive.

The Psalm goes on to ask "Who can be in the presence of the Yahweh (God)?" The answer is only those who have "clean hands and a pure heart" and do not "swear deceitfully." To be in the presence of God, who created and rules over all, requires absolute perfection. The Psalm then ends with repeating the phrase "King of glory" five times, and declaring "The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory."

So when we read this psalm, we should see just how unimportant we are, and that we are unworthy of being in God's presence. However, even though we aren't important, God loves us. He desires to be with us and have a relationship with us. This is why we need Easter, this is why Jesus had to die for us. Because we may not be worthy and important, but Jesus is. When we trust in Him we are allowed to be with God and we have access to God and spend eternity with God, because we take on Jesus's holiness. When God sees us, He doesn't see our sin, but instead sees the perfection of Jesus. Thanks be to God!!



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