Daily Devotion Good Friday, March 29th

Good Friday, March 29, 2013 – Psalm 22; Genesis 22:1-14; 1 Peter 1:10-20

Morning Gospel: John 13:36-38; midday Gospel; John 18 – 19 or John 19:16-30;
and evening Gospel reading John 19:38-42

Today, I invite you to light your candle. Let its light shine upon you – at least for a few moments.

Today, we’ll be having a gospel reading for the morning, for noon time and for evening. We’ll journey through this day with and without our Lord.

Friends, this is the day we remember that Jesus was tried, crucified, died and was buried for all our sins. He truly gave his life that we might have life.

Morning Gospel: John 13:36-38 – 36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” 37Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.”

Peter denied Christ three times. The other disciples will walk away from him. This morning think of those times you denied the Christ or walked away from him.

I can think of the many times I walked away from him, doing my own thing, not wanting to go the hard road. Thanks be to you, O Christ, that you did go the hard, difficult, painful road. Forgive me for those times I have denied you, mostly by not saying anything, not affirming my faith in you. Guide me through all my days, as I now seek to affirm thee and walk with thee. Amen.

For our noon day reading  I invite you to read the passion narrative from John or simply a portion of it. If you have time to read it all, read John 18 & 19. As you read the passion, you might also want to read Psalm 22, a Psalm I think Jesus had upon his mind as he was tried, whipped and crucified.

If you are short on time you can read; John 19:16-30.

When you get to the place where Jesus says; “it is finished”, extinguish your candle as a sign of how Jesus truly died.

Psalm 22 – 1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

As you read the passion narrative focus upon how Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for all your sins; each and every one of them and not only yours but the sins of whole world. Wow! What a gift, the gift of his very life. And what does God hope for in return? God hopes we’ll trust and believe and worship him who has given us the gift of new life. May we seek to love God, follow Christ’s ways this day and every day of our life.

Evening Gospel John 19:38-42 – 38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

At the end of the day, think about how different your life would be if Jesus had simply died and that was the end of his story. Praise be to God it was not.

No devotion tomorrow, as it is “black Saturday” the day Jesus laid in the tomb. I will put out a devotion on Easter morning, so be watching for that.

Happy, blessed Good Friday to one and all.

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