Today’s Tasting: Luke 23; John 18-19
John 18-19: Jesus was betrayed, arrested, mocked, and faced governors, the high priest of the Temple, men of authority in government, and other officials. He was denied and denied again by those closest to Him. Then, they questioned Jesus’ true identity. He stands to face men of authority, prison, crucifixion, death, and burial.
Yet, during Jesus most difficult time of sufferings, He cried out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34 ESV).
“About the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two” (see Luke 23:44 ESV).
These words are simply stated, but this was far from simple days and experience for Christ. His betrayal and arrest brought on tremendous sufferings while in prison, with beatings and crucifixion. The graphics of His death relayed a message against God, the Son. Yet, He was the only way to make the way to the Father.
Today’s Nourishment: Have you experienced suffering in your life?
Sometimes our greatest difficulties and troubles result in our greatest triumphs and victories. While suffering is difficult, lean on Jesus in the midst of your sufferings and you will experience victory. Not to say that you will get all the answers that you want, but let Jesus be glorified in your life in the midst of all your circumstances.
He is faithful. He suffered for your sin in your place. You don’t have to suffer for sin any longer. If guilt and condemnation tormentors seem to remind you of your sin and past, remind them of your victory in Christ, because of His sufferings, death, burial, and resurrection for you.
“He (Jesus) disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 2:15 ESV).
In the midst of your sufferings, consider how Jesus forgave those committing the horrendous acts against Him. What possibilities may arise that you choose to forgive those who commit acts of injustice against you?
Forgive and let go of grudges daily. I routinely rid my life of grudges. It will free you to live in the victory of love, faith, peace, and joy with your Heavenly Father.
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Matthew 28; Mark 16
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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