Not a Bone was Broken

Today’s reading is Psalm 34.

Did you see Jesus at the end of this psalm?

He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psalm 34:20

In John 19:36, we learn Jesus died relatively quickly on the cross. This kept the soldiers from breaking His legs. John says that was to fulfill the Scripture that says, “Not one of his bones will be broken” (ESV).

Certainly, this is part of Jesus fulfilling the Passover sacrifice (see Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12). Yet, Jesus is fulfilling our psalm as well.

Now, I know that sounds odd based on where we started the week. We explained that this psalm is David’s meditation on a moment when he stumbled and fell, but God delivered him anyway. Jesus didn’t stumble and fall. Why would we ever say this psalm is about Him? Good question.

The answer is very simply this. Even though David stumbled and fell, he learned how he was actually supposed to act. He used the experience to turn around and teach the coming generations how they were supposed to live. What did Jesus do? He lived that way. Where David failed, Jesus succeeded.

Jesus lived in fear of God and in wisdom. Jesus lived without deceit and without evil. Jesus sought peace and pursued it. Jesus took refuge in the Father. He committed His spirit into the hands of God. He faced many afflictions, but the Lord delivered Him from them all. And very specifically, despite all His afflictions, not a bone was broken. And because He succeeded, even though He died under Rome’s condemnation, His life was redeemed from the grave because of God’s approval and power. He was condemned by Pilate to die on the cross; He was justified (declared innocent) by God through the resurrection.

From David who failed and from Jesus who succeeded, we learn the same lesson. Trust the Lord. Take refuge in Him. Do what He says. It will be worth it in the end.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 35.

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Even Festus Knew Paul had Done Nothing Wrong

Today’s reading is Acts 25.

Paul was arrested, tried, found…well, he wasn’t found anything, but the Roman tribune didn’t let him go. Instead, Paul was transported to Caesarea. Again, he was tried and found…well, he wasn’t found anything. But Felix didn’t let him go either. Rather, he held on to Paul for two years and just left him in jail for Festus to deal with. Now Paul is tried again and found…well, he wasn’t found anything. But he appeals to Caesar rather than getting sent back to Jerusalem. And then Festus admits Paul hadn’t done anything wrong. He hadn’t broken any laws. He hadn’t neglected any requirements. He was a good citizen. And that is exactly what Paul had written to Titus about how we should live in our own countries and states even if the earthly kingdom itself is ungodly and awful. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2, ESV). We may get accused of awful things. But as we’ve said before, may those accusations always be false. And where they are true, let us turn to Jesus for forgiveness, but let’s be ready to walk through whatever civil consequences we must face and bring glory to God as we face them.

Tomorrow’s reading is Acts 25.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, with Paul we are talking about big issues of submitting to the government, keeping national laws, obeying local rulers. However, this point applies to you as you live at home, go to school, and grow up to get jobs. Unless your parents, your teachers, your employers ask you to disobey God, you need to obey them. Sure, your siblings, classmates, and co-workers may make accusations against you. They may cry foul and claim “He/she did it,” pointing at you. However, live in such a way that all such accusations are false. And if any of them are true, fess up, apologize, and take the discipline you deserve for the infraction. This will prepare you to live as an adult citizen of any earthly kingdom the way heavenly kingdom citizens are to live.

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The Good News

Today’s reading is Romans 5.

We’ve been needing good news. It is now proclaimed. And how great this good news really is!

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 6.

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