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Daily Devotion for March 26, 2018


<i>Sacrament of the Last Supper</i>, by Salvador Dali, ca. 1956.
Sacrament of the Last Supper by Salvador Dali, ca. 1956. Dali’s interest in painting Christ, and the reverence with which he treated the subject, are not widely known.

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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.

A serene and beautiful setting of the traditional Abide with Me.



Prayer for the Morning

Oh God the King eternal, who divides the day from the darkness, and has turned the shadow of death into the light of morning; I pray that this day you will incline my heart to keep your commandments, driving temptation from my mind. Guide my feet into the way of peace; that having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, I may, when the night comes, rejoice in giving you thanks for a day lived in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Simple Prayer

God of love, my prayer is simple: Your son, Jesus, suffered and died for me. I know only that I cannot have real strength unless I rely on you. I cannot feel protected from my many weaknesses until I turn to you for forgiveness and your unalterable love. Help me to share this strength, protection and love with others.

Amen.

For Those in Need of Strength

I  pray, Lord, for all who will need strength and courage in the day ahead: For those who face danger. For those who risk themselves for others. For those who must make an important decision today. For people who are seriously ill. For those facing persecution or torture. I ask you, Lord, to give them the power of your Spirit,

Amen.

Benediction

And finally, may the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favor, rest upon me, and all of us, from above. Thus may we abide in union, with each other and the Lord, and possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford.

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What Bible verse assures us that, if we confess our sins, God will forgive them?

Answer: 1 John 1:9



<i>The Last Supper (detail)</i>, a mosaic by Raffaeli from Da Vinci’s masterpiece.
The Last Supper (detail), a mosaic by Raffaeli (ca. 1790) from Da Vinci’s masterpiece. Judas, clutching his moneybag, spills the salt, giving rise to a superstition that is still with us.

Psalm 41:7-9 (KJV)

All that hate me whisper together against me:
against me do they devise my hurt.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him:
and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted,
which did eat of my bread,
hath lifted up his heel against me.


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Matthew 26:17-25 (ESV)

The Passover with the Disciples

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.

When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”

He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”


Notes on the Scripture

T

he three Synoptic Gospels are very close in their telling the Last Supper story, with minor differences in details. Most Christian denominations agree that the apostles prepared the Passover meal on Thursday. The Last Supper is Thursday night and Jesus will be crucified and die during the day on Friday. The Jewish days began and ended at sunset, rather than midnight, so although Christ was crucified on Friday by our reckoning, it was on the same day as the Last Supper by Biblical reckoning.

The Passover lamb was actually killed during daylight on Thursday (thus, to a Jew, on the day before the Last Supper), but the more important events in the Passover occur between sunset on Thursday and sunset on Friday: The recollection of the Jews in Egypt painting lambs' blood on their doorposts, so that the angel of death would “pass over” their house, and the eating of the sacrifice.

Jesus identifies Judas during the Passover meal. He uses the ancient idiom, “you have said so,” which is an oblique way of saying “yes” without actually saying it, by acting as if a question is a statement. We will want to remember this, for Jesus will repeat the idiom several times: when Caiaphas asks him if he is the Son of God, and when Pilate asks him if he is the King of the Jews.

Agnus Dei by Zubaran

We get a mixed message about Judas' free will. Jesus' death is preordained, for his destiny is to fulfill the prophets: “The Son of Man goes as it is written of him.” But he seems to contrast the inevitability of his own death with Judas' betrayal, for the warning he gives to Judas might imply that Judas could change his mind.

In John 6:70, Jesus says that one of the apostles he has chosen is “a devil”. Also notice that Judas calls Jesus “Rabbi”, meaning “Teacher”, rather than “Lord” as do the others. So there seems to be very little chance that Judas would actually change his mind. But Christ, even knowing that it is futile, must nevertheless attempt to warn Judas away from his betrayal, for it is his character and his purpose to forgive sinners. He does not mind that Judas will cause his death; but he does not want to see Judas condemned to hell.

God sent Christ into the world that “whosoever” believes in him would be saved (John 3:16). He is so completely dedicated to our salvation that he will do all in his power to save even the most terrible of sinners, and even if he realizes it is hopeless. If he is this eager to save Judas, how eager he must be to come into our own lives and give us the gift of eternity!



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“Political Speech”

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Acts23:5: You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.


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Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
Beautiful message, beautiful music, thank you. Not sure if anyone else has the problem, but sometimes the music does not change, and it stays the previous’s days music. I find that by clicking onto yesterday’s page, and the clicking on today’s page will sort the problem.
27th March 2018 12:43am
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Claudette (Bucasia, Australia) says...
I too am not on Facebook, so this site gives me great pleasure and serenity knowing I am praying with a whole mob of other people from across the world. Holy Week is very emotional for me, Christ's sacrifice for us overwhelms me! I keep thinking of His awful, dreadful suffering and His Mother watching her Son being nailed to the cross! That is the unbelievable measure of His love for us. Thank you Mason and the rest of the crew, for all the work you do to keep us centred on our faith. Many ... Read More
26th March 2018 6:43pm
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Mason says...
Patricia Jones:

Thank you for your correction concerning the March 19 Daily Devotion. For some reason it needed approval from the Admin panel, but it did not get submitted until yesterday.
26th March 2018 11:21am
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Chrissy says...
I have an unspoken prayer request today if anyone could please pray with me. I know there’s a Facebook prayer page, but I’m not on Facebook. Thank you to all my friends in Christ here. I hope you all have a great day today. Blessings
26th March 2018 10:32am
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Doreen Spenillo (Levittown PA, US) says...
Today’s Daily Inspiration has helped open my eyes and my mind to understanding why God commands that we not speak evil of our political leaders. I was struggling with this particular command & suspect I may not have been alone. Thank you Holy Spirit! I am grateful also to Mason Barge, through him you have given the message that led to understanding & acceptance of this command. God bless you & the work you do, Mr. Barge. I enjoy beginning each day with the Daily Prayer web ... Read More
26th March 2018 8:19am
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Nathan (Martinsburg PA, US) says...
These daily prayers, Scripture, and commentary are an important part of my daily devotion. Was wondering if there’d be any consideration for going through a book of the Bible each day with the scripture and commentary?
Thanks for this!
26th March 2018 8:05am
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Mason Barge says...
I'm not sure exactly what you mean, Nathan. Do you mean summarizing an entire book in one short lesson?
26th March 2018 11:05am
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Brian (US) says...
Your Daily Inspiration is spot-on today Mason. If I were the devil I’d attack families and the church. We can all see what he’s doing with families but we often fail to see what he is doing to divide us as Christians....
26th March 2018 7:21am
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REV. LEROY KEENEY (HAYS, US) says...
SmilePRAISE GOD !
JESUS IS KING OF KINGS,LORD OF LORDS,THAT LIST COULD GO AND ON.
ON THIS PALM SUNDAY, I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE JESUS CHRIST IN MY HEART AND SOUL JESUS SAVES!
CALL UPON HIM, ACCEPT HIM INTO YOUR HEART AND SOUL, LIVE A LIFE IN CHRIST.
THANK YOU OUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST, IN HIS NAME,AMEN!
JESUS IS KING OF KINGS,OUR LORD OF LORDS.
IN CHRIST, PASTOR KEENEY
25th March 2018 1:09pm
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