Devotion for Thursday after Lent 4

Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion. ~ Psalm 22:12-13

In this passage, David was prophesying about the Crucifixion of Jesus. During His torture leading up to the cross and while He was on the cross, Jesus was surrounded by evil men who wanted Him dead. David compared them to strong bulls of Bashan, an area known for its well-fed and strong cattle, and to a roaring lion. The men who killed Jesus were strong, but their strength was weakness compared to the strength and power of God. Yet Jesus gave Himself up and God allowed these evil and cruel men to punish Jesus—for the sake of all sinners who repent and turn to Him.

Almighty God, You are stronger and more powerful than all the evil and cruel men who have ever lived. Jesus did not have to die on the cross—He was not at the mercy of those who thought they were in control. Yet He chose to sacrifice Himself for my sins. Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner! In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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