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Daily Devotion for April 1, 2015



15th Century Belgian altarpiece, showing the flogging of Christ.

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

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A Lenten Prayer

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Simple Thanks

For our restful sleep at night,
for the rain and sunshine bright,
For the love that Thou dost send,
For our homes and for each friend,

For the day and all its pleasures,
Grateful thanks I render now.
May our lives pass on the blessings,
None can give to us, but Thou.

Amen.

Save Me Lord

My Savior, do you invite me to share in the glory of the resurrection? Stay with me as I struggle to see how accepting the crosses of my life will free me from the power of the one who wants only to destroy my love and trust in you. Help me to be humble and accepting like your son, Jesus. I want to turn to you with the same trust he had in your love. Save me, Lord. Only you can save me.

Amen.

Meditation

[Whatever it may cost.]


Dedication (from St. Teresa of Avila)

May it please you, my good Lord, that there may come a day when I can repay a little of my great debt to you. O Jesus, strengthen my soul, you who are good above all good, and since you have inclined my soul in this way show me how I may act for you, whatever it may cost, O Lord. Here is my life, my honor and my will; I have given them all to you and they are yours: use me to do whatever you want.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



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Hebrews 5:9 (ESV)

"And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him."


Blue Latin Cross

John 19:9-15 (NASB)

Jesus is Questioned by Pontius Pilate [3]

Pilate entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to Him, "You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?"

Jesus answered, "You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin."

As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, "If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar."

Therefore when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.

Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour And he said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!" So they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."



Notes on the Scripture

Today's Scripture continues the struggle of Pontius Pilate, to reconcile his own belief in Christ's innocence with the crowd's demand that he be crucified. Pilate has tried to release Jesus under the Passover amnesty, but the crowd demanded a common thief, Barabbas, instead. So Pilate brings Jesus back into the local Roman government building, away from the crowd. (The Roman capital was in another city, Caesarea Maritima.)

Pilate's reaction to Jesus' answers is markedly different from the reaction of Annas and Caiaphas. Jesus is as uppity with Pilate as he was with the high priests; but instead of punishing him for lack of respect, Pilate is impressed by his answers. Pilate points out his obvious power: He can do to Jesus whatever he wants. He can set him free, or release him, or anything in between. But when Jesus shows no fear of his authority, it moves Pilate in his favor.

Was Pilate tempted to believe that Jesus was actually the Son of God? It is not impossible. Something stirred him to try to set Jesus free, repeatedly, despite an angry mob yelling for his crucifixion. And Pilate insists on calling Jesus the "King of the Jews". It is also possible that Pilate was simply somewhat amused by Jesus' sheer gall; that he liked him, and did not see him as a political threat.

But Pilate was a political animal. He was no doubt ambitious, and also, afraid of the Roman Emperor, Tiberius Caesar. Thus, he is swayed by the crowd's implied threat: That to release someone who calls himself a king might sit poorly with Caesar. The crowd repeatedly manipulates Pilate with this threat. If Pilate does not find Jesus guilty, they will inform Rome that Pilate is soft on sedition. Politics wins out. Pilate finds himself sentencing a man to death, although he believes the man to be innocent.



Christ Wearing the Crown of Thorns, painting by Annibale Carracci c. 1600


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Eva (Bayshore, Trinidad-Tobago) says...
I read Papillon many years ago so I am able to identify with the moral of the the inspirational today...thank you once again Mason for the reminder. God bless you and all at Daily Prayer!
1st April 2015 6:12am
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sid (The Emirates) says...
did u know that sunday... in which roman catholic sets the day of going to church... or churchday are for the honor of a roman pagan god apollo.. the sun... which means apollo day- sun day.... christ as the bible tells us praise yah weh on saturdays.. sabbath.. just for info
29th March 2015 6:07pm
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Mike Rice (Eagle, US) says...
Thanks for your comment Sid. The reason Christians celebrate Sunday as their "church-day" is because Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Sunday "the third day." 1 Cor 15:4 By Christ's death He conquered sin and by His resurrection, He conquered death, and offers each of us New Life! Blessed be His Name forever...
3rd April 2015 11:53am
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Ann Brock Ludington (US) says...
Thank you Margaret and Helen for your comments regarding the use of Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday. I was aware that not all churches follow this tradition that is why I wrote: "Palm Sunday, also often called Passion Sunday...". May God bless you abundantly as we observe Holy Week.
29th March 2015 9:44am
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Margaret ENTWISTLE (Edenfield, UK) says...
Dear Ann, I do not want to be critical as I greatly appreciate your contributions to Daily Prayer, but according to the Book of Common Prayer, Passion Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent and Palm Sunday as you rightly say the Sunday before Easter.
The two are not the same.
29th March 2015 4:34am
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