Lenten Devotion — Saturday of Lent 5

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 9.47.44 AMO the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! –Romans 11:25-36

As we enter upon our annual observance of Holy Week, what more could we say than what St. Paul writes? “O, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” Who could have known or laid out such a plan for the redemption of fallen humanity? Who could have anticipated how God would turn around the sin of Adam, God’s first son, by sending a second Son, Jesus Christ, who would become a once-for-all sacrifice for all human disobedience?

How unsearchable are God’s judgments and how inscrutable His ways! No one in their right mind could have grasped the way in which God would work out our salvation, nor could we have understood it, had God tried to explain it to us. God’s ways and God’s thoughts and intentions are that far above and beyond ours!

To have His Son become our great High Priest—offering not an animal, or a bird, or a grain offering, but Himself on the altar of sacrifice—is blessedly beyond our comprehension. Had God discussed it with us, we might have tried to talk Him out of it. And yet, who is God’s counselor? Who would presume to advise God?

We can only walk with Jesus through the days of Holy Week, in awe and gratitude; not understanding, but only observing. And giving thanks for the mystery of our redemption. Enough said.

O Almighty God, we dare not reach up to you, to seek to bring you down to our level of understanding or comprehension. Let us walk in faith, the way of our Lord’s suffering and death, that we may arrive with Him at the garden on Easter morn; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Taken from Wendel, David, From Ashes to Easter, Ashes Lenten Devotional Booklet, North American Lutheran Church.

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