BetrayalNew Every Morning | April 5, 2023
In that unholy week leading up to his crucifixion, Jesus also experiences betrayal. Peter denies him. Judas kisses him. His other friends desert him. Because of these betrayals, Jesus’ enemies capture him. From that moment on, Jesus enters his passion and faithfully fulfills his calling as the suffering servant-king.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
—Matthew 26:21 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, as I walk through this Holy Week, help me to remember all that Jesus experienced in the last week of his life. Guide me to remember his greatest sacrifice, and help me as I seek to follow Jesus. Thank you for your great love. Amen.
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It could be a breakthrough, as I find forgiveness hard (I guess we all do). I could mean following Jesus more closely and identifying a little with His sacrifice. Sometimes I just ask for the willingness and ability to forgive.
Extending forgiveness frees the forgiver from harboring resentment and other sinful thoughts/attitudes. It brings us closer to Christ.
Very warm temps here – when I got to school this morning, I opened all the windows in my classroom. It was so pleasant having the fresh air and being in short sleeves, comfortably. Just before school let out, we could smell the rain in the air. less than 5 minutes later it was coming down in sheets.
There was a brief break in the rain, so on the way home I dashed into a library to get a book for the beginning of spring break…now less than 24 hours away.
My friend will be moving in tomorrow evening. We are planning on attending the Good Friday service at her church together Friday evening. She has to work both Friday and Monday. I am very much looking forward to 10 days off.
Small group study this evening. Still not sleeping great. I will work to stay focused this evening during group. Hopefully the ladies will be active participants this evening. Our passage centers on Christ’s path to Golgotha, the interactions with the two robbers and His subsequent giving up His Spirit, and Joseph taking Him to be buried.