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A Journey with Jesus during Lent

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

A Journey with Jesus during Lent

Day 25

Matthew 27:41-42

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

Two more verses…Could it get any more unfathomable? Yes. Jesus is still hanging on the cross. Not only are the passerby mocking and insulting Jesus but now we read that the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law are rejecting everything about him, throwing insults and mocking him also.

Today, I’m including a poem written by Michele Huey. She powerfully portrays our Jesus on the cross, our relationship with Him and the cruelty displayed while He hung on the cross. What stood out to you today?

Jesus’ Cross

Even in the darkest night,

When I just turn and toss,

When all seems hopeless, nothing right-I remember Jesus’ Cross.

That beam of lumber cut to size,

Too heavy to be borne,

By One who stepped to Calvary’s call,

Beaten, mocked, and scorned.

In the shadow of that cross,

How can I complain?

I have not sweat great drops of blood,

I’ve not endured such pain.

I’ve had no nails pierce tender flesh,

And no one’s spit on me,

No soldier’s opened up by back,

Nor stabbed my side with glee.

No jeering crowd shouts “Crucify!”

Such loneliness I can’t feel.

Yet love for me was the reason why

He bled, and I was healed.

And by His stripes we are healed.

(Isaiah 53:5)

Dear Jesus,

We praise You and give thanks that we get to journey with You through this season of Lent. Draw us closer to Your heart, that we might know You better. After we daily reflect on Your selflessness and life-giving Word, give us wisdom to be Your hands and feet in the world just as You intend. Give us hearts of compassion, hands of generosity, and feet that take Your good news to the world. We love You and are honored to serve you Lord, our sweet Savior. Amen.

Week 5 Act of Kindness

“I was sick and you looked after me” Matthew 25:36b

This week, help someone who is sick or in the hospital.

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