Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 — Tuesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 — Tuesday of Holy Week
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

The servant brings salvation to earth’s ends
1  Listen to me, you islands;
     hear this, you distant nations:
   Before I was born the Lord called me;
     from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
2  He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
     in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
   he made me into a polished arrow
     and concealed me in his quiver.
3  He said to me, “You are my servant,
     Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
4  But I said, “I have labored in vain;
     I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
   Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
     and my reward is with my God.”

5  And now the Lord says—
     he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
   to bring Jacob back to him
     and gather Israel to himself,
   for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
     and my God has been my strength—
6  he says:
   “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
     to restore the tribes of Jacob
     and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
   I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
     that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

7  This is what the Lord says—
     the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
   to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
     to the servant of rulers:
   “Kings will see you and stand up,
     princes will see and bow down,
   because of the Lord, who is faithful,
     the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

From my mother’s womb you have been my strength
1  In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
     let me never be put to shame.
2  In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
     turn your ear to me and save me.
3  Be my rock of refuge,
     to which I can always go;
   give the command to save me,
     for you are my rock and my fortress.
4  Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
     from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

5  For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
     my confidence since my youth.
6  From birth I have relied on you;
     you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
     I will ever praise you.
7  I have become a sign to many;
     you are my strong refuge.
8  My mouth is filled with your praise,
     declaring your splendor all day long.

9  Do not cast me away when I am old;
     do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
     those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
     pursue him and seize him,
     for no one will rescue him.”
12 Do not be far from me, my God;
     come quickly, God, to help me.
13 May my accusers perish in shame;
     may those who want to harm me
     be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14 As for me, I will always have hope;
     I will praise you more and more.

The cross of Christ reveals God’s power and wisdom
1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
     the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Jesus speaks of his death
12:20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.

30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 — Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 71:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, April 7, 2020

The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, April 7, 2020

On April 7, 1994, a civil war broke out in Rwanda as Hutu extremists began brutally killing Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Over the next one hundred days, nearly a million people were killed in the worst occurrence of genocide since the Holocaust. An estimated 75 percent of the Tutsis living in Rwanda were murdered.

When Cardinal Roger Etchegary visited Rwanda on behalf of the pope in 1994, he asked the assembled church leaders, “Are you saying that the blood of tribalism is deeper than the waters of baptism?” One leader answered, “Yes, it is.”

Lord God, King of the Universe, we lift up our hands to you and ask you to help us bear the burden of injustice. Grant us a discerning spirit to follow your path to justice. Equip us with your patience and your grace so that as we walk with those who suffer, we might strengthen and uphold one another. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, April 7, 2020


Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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The Lenten Prayer for TUESDAY, April 7, 2020 - Tuesday of Holy Week

40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 36 - Monday of Holy Week

God of such unwavering love,
how do I "celebrate"
the passion and death of Jesus?
I often want to look the other way
and not watch,
not stay with Jesus in his suffering.
Give me the strength
to see his love with honesty and compassion
and to feel deeply
your own forgiveness and mercy for me.
Help me to understand
how to "celebrate" this week.
I want be able to bring
my weaknesses and imperfections with me
as I journey with Jesus this week,
so aware of his love.

Un dia a la Vez - Martes 07 de abril de 2020


La edad con dignidad

Enséñanos a contar bien nuestros días, para que nuestro corazón adquiera sabiduría.

El devocional de hoy lo motivó el de ayer. Podríamos decir que es otro caso muy común que se presenta en ciertas personas y, sobre todo, en determinadas edades de la vida.

Cuando vemos que ya no somos jovencitos, que la belleza se va deteriorando debido a que la gravedad hace su efecto y «todo se cae», vienen las preocupaciones de los hombres y las mujeres por sentirse jóvenes. De ahí que cambie su comportamiento y, algunas veces, se presenten los divorcios.

En el caso del hombre, el deseo está en demostrar que aún puede conquistar. En el de las mujeres, su anhelo está en provocar admiración. Este comportamiento va de la mano con la manera de vestirse y de actuar que se manifiesta de una forma bien llamativa. El resultado es que vemos mujeres de edades bien avanzadas con minifaldas y escotes, mientras que los hombres se visten como jovencitos y su comportamiento deja mucho que desear.

Vivamos cada etapa de nuestra madurez con dignidad. Disfrutemos el hecho de ser personas con experiencia y que esas canas, más que ser cabellos blancos, infunden respeto.

Pidámosle a Dios que nos ayude a aceptarnos tal y como somos a medida que vamos envejeciendo. Y que podamos dejar un hermoso legado a nuestros hijos y a nuestros nietos.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
El devocional de hoy lo motivó el de ayer. Podríamos decir que es otro caso muy común que se presenta en ciertas personas y, sobre todo, en determinadas edades de la vida.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, April 7, 2020


The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Today’s devotional comes from Ron Boyd-MacMillan’s excellent volume Faith That Endures:

The Biblical scholar William Barclay famously described a New Testament Christian as having three remarkable characteristics: “One, they were absurdly happy; two, they were filled with an irrational love for everyone; and three, they were always in trouble!”

Persecuted Christians are constantly in trouble. As a Palestinian pastor put it, “If you speak truth to power, power always reacts.” An encounter with the persecuted reveals the incendiary nature of this gospel we follow, and if our witness does not provoke some sort of explosive reaction, we have to check whether our gospel powder is damp or dry. We should be in trouble for Jesus! If we aren’t, something is wrong…

Persecuted Christians are not tempted into the illusion that the world is actually a friendly place that does not mind our identifying with Christ. The world for them is unmasked in its hostility to Christ.

Once when visiting Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, I delivered a Bible to an elderly pastor. He had not seen a Bible in years. He smelled it, kissed it with trembling lips, cradled it, and then with great reverence, opened it. Then he turned to me and said, “Let me tell you of my wounds.” And he poured out his trials for God, which included seven beatings by the secret police and the awful seduction of his daughter by a government agent who then fooled her into betraying him. Then he turned to me, his eyes boring into my soul, and asked, “What wounds have you for the Master?” I was embarrassed to have so few to share.

The questions of the persecuted church are simple: Are you in trouble for Jesus? Where are your wounds? If you don’t have any, maybe you’ve forgotten you’re in a fight at all. Whatever culture we are in, we are always being subtly coerced into spending our money, or time, on what is not of Christ. Persecution afflicts us all if we stand up for Christ. The world, the flesh, and the devil will never reach an accommodation with Christ. Like it or not, we are caught up in cosmic warfare. The gospel has landed us in it. We will all be scarred by the battle. We will all experience persecution. The difference is only one of degree and type.[1]

RESPONSE: Today I will evaluate my life and assess what are my wounds for Christ. I will then rejoice in suffering for Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, I submit to Your Lordship over my life and accept whatever wounds You will enable me to bear for Your sake and the gospel’s.

1. Ronald Boyd-MacMillan, Faith That Endures (Grand Rapids: Fleming Revell, 2006), pp. 322-323.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Daily Devotions - April 7, 2020 - BETTER THAN WE DESERVE



April 7, 2020

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on His right and one on His left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." ... One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And He said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise."

I wonder if it haunted the soldiers—those words of Jesus, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." They must have been used to screams and curses. They could probably tune those out. But having your victim pray for you? That's a recipe for a sleepless night.

But Jesus was right, wasn't He? They truly didn't know what they were doing. They didn't know this was the Son of God. They probably didn't even realize it was an innocent man. And so Jesus seizes on the one thing that could be held in their favor—their ignorance—and appeals to God on their behalf.

He does this later with the criminals who had been yelling at Him. One of the men had a change of heart and asked Jesus to remember him. Such a small thing—especially since his behavior at first had been so awful. And yet, here is Jesus, seizing on the small good thing—and returning a blessing that he could never dream of. "Today you will be with Me in paradise."

Jesus is like that—slow to judgment, quick to forgive, always ready to give us twisted, broken people gifts that are far, far better than anything we could ever deserve or even dream of. It's why He went to the cross in the first place—so that He could forgive us, rescue us, heal us, and bring us into His Father's kingdom of freedom and joy.

THE PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for giving us so much better than we deserve. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
* Do you find it hard or easy to give people better than they deserve?

* When did someone in your life give you something better than you really deserved?

* Is there someone right now to whom you could show this kind of mercy? (Don't identify the person if it should stay confidential.)
Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Do you find it hard or easy to give people better than they deserve?

Devocional CPTLN del 07 de abril de 2020 - Mejor de lo que merecemos


Mejor de lo que merecemos

07 de Abril de 2020

Cuando llegaron al lugar llamado de la Calavera, lo crucificaron allí, lo mismo que a los malhechores, uno a la derecha de Jesús y otro a su izquierda... [Jesús decía: "Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen."] Uno de los malhechores que estaban allí colgados lo insultaba y le decía: "Si tú eres el Cristo, ¡sálvate a ti mismo y sálvanos a nosotros!" Pero el otro lo reprendió y le dijo: "¿Ni siquiera ahora, que sufres la misma condena, temes a Dios? Lo que nosotros ahora padecemos es justo, porque estamos recibiendo lo que merecían nuestros hechos, pero éste no cometió ningún crimen." Y a Jesús le dijo: "Acuérdate de mí cuando llegues a tu reino." Jesús le dijo: "De cierto te digo que hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso."

Me pregunto si los soldados escucharon a Jesús: "Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen." ¿Que tu víctima ore por ti? Esa es una receta para una noche de insomnio.

Pero Jesús tenía razón. Realmente no sabían lo que estaban haciendo. No sabían que él era el Hijo de Dios. Probablemente ni siquiera se daban cuenta de que era inocente. Y así, Jesús se aferra a su ignorancia, lo único que podían tener a su favor, e intercede ante Dios por ellos.

Más tarde Jesús hace algo similar con los delincuentes que le habían estado gritando. Uno de ellos tuvo un cambio en su corazón y le pidió a Jesús que lo recordara. Una cosa tan pequeña, especialmente porque su comportamiento al principio había sido horrible. Sin embargo, ahí está Jesús aprovechando esa cosa pequeña y dando una bendición que el delincuente jamás habría soñado: "Hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso".

Es que Jesús es así: lento para juzgar, rápido para perdonar, siempre dispuesto a darnos a nosotros, personas quebrantadas, regalos que son mucho, mucho mejores que cualquier cosa que pudiéramos merecer o incluso soñar. Esa es la razón por la cual fue a la cruz: para poder perdonarnos, rescatarnos, sanarnos y llevarnos al reino de libertad y alegría de su Padre.

ORACIÓN: Gracias, Jesús, por darnos más de lo que merecemos. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Te resulta difícil o fácil dar a las personas más de lo que se merecen?

* ¿Cuándo alguien te dio algo mejor de lo que merecías?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Te resulta difícil o fácil dar a las personas más de lo que se merecen?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Un nuevo llamado


Un nuevo llamado

La escritura de hoy: 2 Timoteo 1:6-14
La Biblia en un año: 1 Samuel 7–9; Lucas 9:18-36

Quien nos salvó y llamó con llamamiento santo…

Claudio, el joven líder de la banda, y sus seguidores robaban tiendas, casas y automóviles, y peleaban con otras pandillas. Finalmente, Claudio fue arrestado y condenado. En la cárcel, se convirtió en un «maestro del crimen», alguien que repartía navajas caseras durante los amotinamientos.

Al tiempo, lo colocaron en confinamiento solitario. Allí, mientras soñaba despierto, vio una especie de «película» con eventos clave de su vida… y de Jesús, que era clavado en una cruz y le decía: «Hago esto por ti». Claudio cayó llorando al suelo y confesó su pecado. Más tarde, le contó de su experiencia a un capellán, el cual le explicó más sobre Jesús y le dio una Biblia. Al tiempo, volvió a la cárcel común con el resto de los prisioneros, y fue maltratado por su fe. Pero estaba en paz porque «había descubierto un nuevo llamado: hablar de Jesús a los otros presos».

En su carta a Timoteo, Pablo habla del poder de Cristo para cambiar vidas: dejar el mal para seguir y servir a Cristo (2 Timoteo 1:9). Abre el enlace siguiente (o escanea el código QR) para ver la historia de Bernice Lee y Tan Soo-Inn. Como Claudio, ellos experimentaron la gracia de Dios, y ahora, el Espíritu Santo los capacita para ser testigos vivientes del amor de Cristo. Nosotros también tenemos este nuevo llamado a compartir el evangelio (v. 8).

De:  Alyson Kieda

Reflexiona y ora
Dios, gracias por poder servirte.
¿Cuándo compartiste el evangelio con alguien? ¿Cuál fue el resultado? ¿Alguna vez trajo sufrimiento? ¿Cómo?

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Claudio, el joven líder de la banda, y sus seguidores robaban tiendas, casas y automóviles, y peleaban con otras pandillas. Finalmente, Claudio fue arrestado y condenado. En la cárcel, se convirtió en un «maestro del crimen», alguien que repartía navajas caseras durante los amotinamientos.