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Daily Devotion for March 30, 2018

Good Friday


Jesus Christ on the Cross

Prayers

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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.



Prayer for the Morning

Holy Father, who watches over your children by night and by day; blessed Jesus, my food and my strength; sweet Holy Spirit, the light and guide of my soul; I thank you for this new day and pray that you will watch over me. May my thoughts, my words and actions reflect the Spirit that dwells within me. And may every minute of my life celebrate the gift of grace, earned by the blood of Christ, in whose name I pray.

Amen.

Meditation

[The broken body of Jesus.]


Prayer for Good Friday

Christ Jesus, you hung upon a cross and died for me so that I might live for you; Your body was broken and your blood shed so that I might be healed and made whole. You were faithful unto death so that I might be faithful unto life. Your last command was that we might love one another, one family together from every tribe and nation; a new creation united through your sacrifice, redeemed by your blood, healed by your love, united by your covenant of peace. Grant that, in your death I may find life, and in your suffering I may find peace, today and forever.

Amen.

Community of Prayer

I  pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.

Amen.


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


<i>The Head of Christ</i> by Edouard Manet, ca. 1864.
The Head of Christ by Edouard Manet, ca. 1864.

Psalm 22: 1, 16-18, 21, 27 (NKJV)

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? . . .
For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots. . . .

You have answered Me. . . .
All the ends of the world
Shall remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the families of the nations
Shall worship before You.


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John 19:28-30 (KJV)

Jesus Dies

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.


Notes on the Scripture

This is the most somber day of the year, in the Christian calendar. We grieve. And oddly enough, we mourn. How can we mourn the death of Christ, a death ordained by Christ himself, especially when we know he will rise again in a few days, in great glory? But we do mourn, perhaps to reenact in ourselves what his mother and those close to Him felt at His terrible death.

M


ourning is an emotion, not an intellectual statement of doctrine. It does not show lack of faith, if one feels a sense of loss and sorrow. Just as children will cry when their parents leave on a long trip, or even a mother when her child goes to school, a Christian might mourn and grieve the death of a loved one. It is not that they are gone forever; only that we will miss them while they are gone. We grieve whatever pain they have suffered and we mourn the pain we feel at their departure. So it is natural to mourn the death of one who is so innocent as Christ, so perfect, the very Prince of Peace.

We also mourn for Christ’s pain. Never does he seem as fully human as when he says he is thirsty. Thirst is used throughout the Gospel of John to stand for spiritual yearning; and Christ repeatedly offers to quench others’ thirst with a river of water that will never run dry. But now, he himself thirsts; he seeks the spirit of his Father to comfort him in his agony. It lets us know, without question, that God has experienced the most extreme pain of being human and thus gives us confidence in his sympathy for us.

And we mourn for the sinfulness of those who killed him and for the pain we, ourselves, have caused in our lives. Despite our best efforts, all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and we regret it. It is the ultimate day of penitence.

Although the accounts differ among the gospels, Christ receiving vinegar is the source of a lot of confusion. People can’t even agree on what the “vinegar” actually was, much less whether giving it to Christ was an act of cruelty or mercy. One must think that in John’s version, vinegar on hyssop was intended as an act of kindness, because hyssop was a medicinal herb used widely in Jewish purification ceremonies. But whatever it meant at the moment, the greater significance to us was the fulfillment of yet another ancient Biblical prophesy: “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Psalm 69:21)





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Eli (Australia) says...
Thankyou dear Lord for saving us from eternal sin. Thankyou for the wonderful people who unite us here daily to pray to you.
30th March 2018 4:41pm
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Michelle G (US) says...
Today’s NOTES ON THE SCRUPTURE was beautifully written as were the PRAYERS that preceded it. Good Friday is such a difficult day for Christians and the way today’s notes were written were so very comforting. Thank you.
May the sweet, Holy Spirit dwell in us today as we keep our hearts focused on Jesus. ✝️
30th March 2018 5:58am
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Suzanne (Indian River, US) says...
Michelle, well said. I had the exact same thoughts as I was reading them. It is a day of mourning Mason. We were brought up to highly respect and mourn between the hours of 12 & 3 by not talking, keeping silent, family prayers. We did not eat during those hours as well. Mom used to take us when we were kids to see the original “King of Kings” in an old church in Detroit. It is a very fond memory.
May everyone have a very JOYOUS and HAPPY EASTER!
30th March 2018 9:00am
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Judy Harris (New Oxford, US) says...
The content of this website is like manna for me. Thank you to the writers, for bringing glory to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Even the artwork ministers to me. As we die daily with Christ, may we also rise daily and walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
30th March 2018 5:49am
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Rachel Miller (Port Huron, US) says...
One of the beast daily devotionals I have have found. This is with me always...daily, actually. Thank you so much for your dedication to this devotional. I feel truly blessed through it and hopefully, as a result, am able to be a blessing to those around me.
28th March 2018 12:36pm
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linda (wpg can.) says...
Thankyou for the prayers this week.music, art, inspiration &notes on scripture.Touches me deeply.Am going to read the prayer to my fence sitting friends11 of them.who are coming to our home good friday.God please give me the courage to speak openly, of my love for you.
28th March 2018 10:02am
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Suzanne (Indian River, US) says...
Mason, it also does not say in the Bible that he was married. I think one of the disciples would have written about a wife in their Gospels.
Have a Blessed Easter! ✝️
28th March 2018 9:46am
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Kathryn (Okemos MI, US) says...
Great "Daily Inspiration" about forgiveness. Thank you Stephen
28th March 2018 6:18am
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