Lent Day 37

Today’s Bible Reading:
Luke 23:26-49

The Crucifixion
26As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’ 31For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.
34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
35The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. 37They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
39One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”
40But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
43And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
The Death of Jesus
44By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.
47When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.” 48And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. 49But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

Verse of the Day:

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Devotional Reading:

Today’s reading from the book of Luke describes in detail the crucifixion.

My thoughts focus on the last part of what we read – verses 44-49:

44By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.
47When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.” 48And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. 49But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

Several important things are noted:

  • It was around noon when Jesus was crucified on the cross. It became dark and stayed that way until 3:00. How does that happen? Only God. There is no other explanation.
  • Suddenly, the curtain in the Temple ripped down the middle. This meant that anyone has direct access to God from that moment on. We don’t have to depend on a high priest to take our requests before God. We can go straight to the throne of God and talk to Him on our own.
  • Jesus speaks His last words and gives up His spirit to God.
  • The Roman officer that had been in charge of the crucifixion watched all of this happen and then realized that Jesus was the Son of God. It tells us that He actually began to worship God.
  • Jesus’ friends – they stood and they watched. They knew something that no one else knew. This was not the end. Jesus had told them so.

There was such a difference in those that knew Him and those that didn’t. And the same holds true today. When we know Jesus, we are given a peace and a hope of more to come. We can stand at a distance and watch, knowing that this is not the end. JOY is coming after our grieving and no one will be able to rob us of that joy. I can’t wait for that day. Until then, God give us the grace, the passion, the boldness to live for You and make each day count.

 

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2 thoughts on “Lent Day 37

  1. We don’t read a lot about the anguish of his followers once they got to the point of his death, this passage says they watched from a distance. I wonder if their faith was so strong that they knew they just had to wait for another miracle, or if they were in despair! Three days later…..

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