Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
What it Means to Follow Jesus
Lenten Daily Devotional
March 16, 2019

Saturday March 16

Freedom from Death for Life

Luke 18:31-34

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.’ But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.


By 1911, Tubman’s body was so frail that she had to be admitted into the rest home named in her honor. A New York newspaper described her as "ill and penniless", prompting supporters to offer a new round of donations. Surrounded by friends and family members, Harriet Tubman died of pneumonia in 1913. Just before she died, she told those in the room: "I go to prepare a place for you."  Source: Catherine Clinton


“I'm not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star.” ― Sojourner Truth


Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.  –Frederick Buechner

But the disciples didn’t know that yet.  Or they didn’t want to know it.  The thought of finality, of pain, of loss, is too much.  And so, Jesus, despite being surrounded by his disciples, walked alone. 

As Christians, we know the rest of the story.  We know that in Jesus, endings are in fact beginnings. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.  Where in your life do you need to trust the resurrection promise?  Where in your life do you need to travel the difficult path in order to make it to the other side? 

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that you hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.