God’s Forgiveness

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Friday 14 April

An end! All the passion, all the love, all the incarnate love so vast. Done   to death by those who should have recognised Him simply by what he did. As you mark this Good Friday, the solemn waste of Jesus, Emmanuel and incarnate, recognise that very act that has become for you a part of God’s plan to nurture and save your very soul. Such potential spoiled by nails and thorns and beating rods and spear. Here is the heart of God’s forgiveness!

Question: What do I bring, in the silence of the very moment I read this question, what do I bring that the forgiveness of the cross can heal? Dare I leave it to die with Jesus on that cross?

 Prayer: As I listen to my own breath, help me to realise that Jesus died, His breathing ceased. His life was snuffed out by a desiring humanity who saw not God embodied in Jesus Christ. I pray for all who share Christ’s dying today, may they rest in peace.

 

Betrayal Road

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Thursday 13 April

This night in His Holy Week, Jesus walked the betrayal road. Abandoned he faced hatred and vile physical and mental cruelty. Who spoke for him?   Any who would raise their voice were shouted down and so Jesus was   condemned. There are situations in this present age when people stand alone, without voice.

Question: What part do I play in Jesus’ betrayal in the last weeks and months, as I watch someone condemned what is my role of silence?

 Prayer: Lord give me courage to stand by you, by standing by someone who is in need because of vile cruelty. ‘Whoever offers one of these little one even a cup of water…!’

 

Remembrance.

Holy Week

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The incarnation is not just for Christmas!   Jesus tells his disciples to remember his presence, his words actions and his very love each time we eat a meal in His name. In church that means bread and wine, but at home or with a friend is a time to look across a table and know that  Jesus did the same, the night before he was betrayed. In his life, his real life, he ate and shared and told us to do likewise.

Question: Across a table, over a meal, what is it you do that was the                                       same for Jesus. He said ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’

Where will you take that thought today?

Prayer: Teach me to repeat your actions as I eat and as I share your life with others, help me to pray in the ordinary actions of this day and all in remembrance of your incarnate life. Amen

 

 

Wash Me!?

Holy Week

Tuesday 11 April

A washing of his friends’ feet, as if they were more  important than He. On one hand menial and on the other it shows Jesus incarnation. He was38hed and dried and showed how we should be with one another, regardless of status or rank. Peter’s false modesty and great expectation of Jesus indicates something of our human frailty as we shy away from God’s gaze and yet desire encounters of his love and grace.

Question: Where will I seek opportunity to ‘wash’ someone else today?

 Prayer: Lord, place in my way today someone in need, give me the   opportunity to commit a random act of kindness. Amen

 

 

High and Lows

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 Monday 10 April

That feeling of emptiness, that dropping sensation in the pit of your stomach, when everything suddenly changes and what you felt was supremely positive and enlivening is overtaken by gloom and despondency. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was hailed as a victorious king/messiah. How it must have pained him that everything was about to be reversed. Yet His face was set, Jesus knew what the highs and the lows of the next few days.

Question: What are your ‘highs’, what are your ‘lows’ at the moment?

 Prayer: Lord, in this holiest of weeks help me to realise my life as I reflect on your last days. How do I mark my ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ against yours? Amen

 

 

A Great Theological Question

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54

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Saturday 8th April

There is a great theological question: in the Philippians reading we are told that Jesus emptied himself. What did he empty himself of? If he emptied himself of his divinity, then Jesus would simply be human and not God – that can’t be right. Yet the one who is King of Kings comes to serve, the Son of God is hung on a cross. There is nothing inflated or egotistic about Jesus’ glory, it is, if you like, an empty glory that simply is. In his emptiness, Jesus is exalted above all so that every knee shall bend before him. Let us enter into Christ’s glory, not by puffing ourselves up, but by kneeling, empty, at the foot of the cross.

 

 

Barabbas

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 and Matthew 27:11-54

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Friday 7th April

Who do we want released to fight our cause? When we feel wronged by another person would we campaign for the  release of a freedom fighter, a great lawyer , a politician? Or would we want Jesus to be released to call us to love in the face of persecution, to love those who abused us and our religion? Which force do we want to release in our lives and into the world? “The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ ”