Scripture: Matt 17:14-21
Key verses: (22-23) As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, 23 and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they were greatly distressed.
Reflection: Jesus knew what was ahead for him but he continued to preach, teach and heal. Jesus continued the work of redemption. On this first day of VBS, with several hundred children excited to learn about Jesus, I am reminded of our baptismal vow to tell this story.
The French Reformed baptism liturgy reminds us that it is, “For you, little child, Jesus Christ has come, he has fought, he has suffered. For you he entered the shadow of Gethsemane and the horror of Calvary. For you he uttered the cry, ‘It is finished!’ For you he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and there he intercedes — for you, little child, even though you do not know it. But in this way the word of the Gospel becomes true. ‘We love him, because he first loved us.'”
Prayer: Let us not be hesitant to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].