Daily Devotion Good Friday, April 18

Friday, April 18, 2014 – Psalm 22; Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33; 1 Peter 1:10-20 and John 13:36-38

On this Friday which is called good only because of what came from it may we reflect on at least a portion of what Jesus must have experienced as he died on the cross for us.

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? …

7   All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; …

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. …

17  I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18  they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots. …

Upon the cross some of Jesus’ last words were; “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He felt the agony of death by crucifixion. He felt the agony of being forsaken by God. He gave his life that we might have life. (Meditate upon Jesus’ being crucified that we might find real life.)

You can read of Jesus’ being arrested, tried and crucified in John 18:1-19:42 which is the gospel reading for Good Friday worship. Here’s a link to that reading.

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/revised-common-lectionary/2014/4/18/#gospel

Our reading from Lamentations gives us a clue as to how Jesus could give his very life for us.

Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33 – 1I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath; 2he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; 3against me alone he turns his hand, again and again, all day long. ….

19The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! 20My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. 21But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

I believe it was because Jesus truly knew the everlasting love of God that he could face the cross and believe that good, no better than good, true life; reconciliation, grace, salvation, hope, peace and love would come from it.

Thanks be to God for Jesus dying for us that we might discover that real true life comes from the giving of our life that we and others might have life.

Today, keep Jesus’ crucifixion before you and know that yes, he died for you, for me, for all that the gift of real life could be offered unto us.

Open yourself up to this gift that Jesus offers us even as he hangs upon the cross.

O God, may we Your people truly sense the gift offered unto us through Jesus’ dying for us. May we sense our need for this gift and may we then open ourselves up to the new life that comes to us through it. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving Your life that we might receive the gift of real life. May we seek to truly follow You and do that which You called Your disciples to do; love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love others as we love ourselves. Amen.

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