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Lenten Devotional – Day 39 – Good Friday

Scripture Readings:  Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33;   1 Peter 1:10-20;   John 13:36-38;19:38-42

In Lamentations, Jeremiah tells of his anguish, struggles, and trials and the feeling that God has put him in very trying situations. He has felt so down trodden, YET he kept his vision and hope in the Lord, because he recalled the great love of the Lord and His compassion.

Sometimes, we are in such a hurry and so impatient we try to rush past the steps that God has prepared for us that truly ready us for the trials ahead—for I believe that with each step we are strengthened and when it comes to that time when it seems we can take no more —we can lean on the everlasting arms and know that God will not forsake us.

As I read verses 19-33, the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” came to mind as did the words “The King of love my shepherd is whose goodness faith never, I nothing lack if I am His and He is mine forever.”

Prayer:  Dear God, make us ever mindful of the sacrifice that you made for us in Jesus, your son dying on the cross for our sins, that we never despair, for we know that you are here when we call.

In 1 Peter, Lord, you remind us constantly that we are not serving ourselves, but you, when we help others. In these days and times you ask us to prepare our minds, be self-controlled, be holy and not conform to the evil desires. As I look at it—the evil desires are the “wanting” of material things that continually invade our lives and take our hearts and minds away from you. You ask us to live our lives in reverent fear because we now know the cost. The price was paid by the precious blood of Jesus. LET US NOT FORGET!

In John 13, Peter says, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for your sake.” Yet we know what happened. How often do we say things that we believe wholeheartedly only to revise it and say that wasn’t exactly what I meant. Peter says it, but when confronted to claim Jesus, what does he do but deny knowing Him at all.

Do we often claim knowledge of Jesus in the good times—at church, in Bible Study, etc., but fail to acknowledge Him in the work place among our friends or people we don’t know?
Help us to be true to you, Lord, and stand up as true Christians and acknowledge you in all that we think, do, or say.

In John 19, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body to prepare it for burial— several things jumped out at me—Nicodemus brought myrrh and aloes. I immediately recalled the gifts of the wise men which were brought when he was born—gold, frankincense and myrrh. How interesting that this spice was given at his coming in and going out. The other was “tearing the linen strips and binding Jesus for burial”—this act seems very deliberate and a very reverent act. As I envision this act I wonder if we are willing to be bound in Jesus’ words and being?

Prayer:  Oh Lord, let us be bound in the “linen,” the fabric of our faith to honor and glorify thy Holy name, ever mindful of the price you paid for us. We are eternally thankful

 

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