Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 21

Friday, March 21, 2014 – Psalm 22; Genesis 43:1-15; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 and Mark 4:35-41

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?

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

It’s Friday and time to look at Psalm 22 as it relates to our Lord’s crucifixion, his giving his life for us. This Sunday in my Sunday school class we’ll be taking a look at the question; “why did Jesus have to suffer and die for our sins.” Should be an interesting study for us.

Upon the cross Jesus cried out; “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” As we read the accounts of his crucifixion we read how water flowed out of his crucified body and how his bones were out of joint. He suffered that we might have life. Many have suffered that we might have freedom and life. Thanks be to Jesus for being willing to go the way of the cross, giving his life for our sins and rising to offer us new life.

How have you sacrificed so others could benefit? It might be in small ways but yet for the one or ones for whom it is done it is huge.

How have others sacrificed that you might have life? Some things to consider as we continue our journey towards the cross and Jesus’ resurrection.

O Jesus, I give thanks for the gift of new life offered me through your death and resurrection. Today, help me focus upon the great sacrifice you gave and help me see ways I am called to sacrifice so others might have life. Thanks be to you, O Christ. Amen.

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