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Devotions for Life

“The Deriding Rulers”

 Around the Cross We see 


And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God” (Luke 23:35 ). 

“To speak of or treat with contempt” 

All those rulers simply did not understand what was really happening during this marvelous occasion. How often do we question what our Master can do for us? We look around and see so many others with more than we have or perhaps less troubles and ask with contempt, “He blessed that person or that person and not me.” We look around and see the blessing showered on people around us and ask “why not me?”


“Author And Perfecter Of Faith”

 “. . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 NAU). 

One of the expressions we use when we finally grasp something is “Now I see.” It isn’t vision with our physical eyes at all; it is a grasp of something with our mind, our heart. The writer of Hebrews wants us to “fix our eyes of Jesus” and calls Him “the author and perfecter of faith.” By “author” he means the “originator” of faith, and by “perfecter” he means the finisher of faith (“the one who brings faith to its highest attainment,” Friberg Lexicon). So we are to fix our attention on Jesus who is the originator and finisher of our faith. 


“I Did It My Way”

 “. . . always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you” (Rom 1:10 NASU). 

In 1969, Frank Sinatra released the song “My Way,” which Paul Anka wrote. It’s appeal certainly grew from the “rugged individualism” of the American mindset, but also because Sinatra seemed to have epitomized the lyrics.