Friday, April 10, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 — Good Friday

The Daily Lectionary
FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 — Good Friday
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

The suffering servant
52:13 See, my servant will act wisely;
     he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
     his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
     and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
     and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
   For what they were not told, they will see,
     and what they have not heard, they will understand.

53:1 Who has believed our message
     and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2  He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
     and like a root out of dry ground.
   He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
     nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3  He was despised and rejected by mankind,
     a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
   Like one from whom people hide their faces
     he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4  Surely he took up our pain
     and bore our suffering,
   yet we considered him punished by God,
     stricken by him, and afflicted.
5  But he was pierced for our transgressions,
     he was crushed for our iniquities;
   the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
     and by his wounds we are healed.
6  We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
     each of us has turned to our own way;
   and the Lord has laid on him
     the iniquity of us all.

7  He was oppressed and afflicted,
     yet he did not open his mouth;
   he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
     so he did not open his mouth.
8  By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
     Yet who of his generation protested?
   For he was cut off from the land of the living;
     for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9  He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
     and with the rich in his death,
   though he had done no violence,
     nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
     and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
   he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
     and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
     he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
   by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
     and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
     and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
   because he poured out his life unto death,
     and was numbered with the transgressors.
   For he bore the sin of many,
     and made intercession for the transgressors.

Why have you forsaken me?
1  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
     Why are you so far from saving me,
     so far from my cries of anguish?
2  My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
     by night, but I find no rest.

3  Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
     you are the one Israel praises.
4  In you our ancestors put their trust;
     they trusted and you delivered them.
5  To you they cried out and were saved;
     in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6  But I am a worm and not a man,
     scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7  All who see me mock me;
     they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8  “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
     “let the Lord rescue him.
   Let him deliver him,
     since he delights in him.”

9  Yet you brought me out of the womb;
     you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
     from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
     for trouble is near
     and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
     strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
     open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
     and all my bones are out of joint.
   My heart has turned to wax;
     it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
     and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
     you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs surround me,
     a pack of villains encircles me;
     they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
     people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
     and cast lots for my garment.

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
     You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
     my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
     save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my people;
     in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
     All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
     Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or scorned
     the suffering of the afflicted one;
   he has not hidden his face from him
     but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
     before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
     those who seek the Lord will praise him—
     may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
     will remember and turn to the Lord,
   and all the families of the nations
     will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
     and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
     all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
     those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
     future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
     declaring to a people yet unborn:
     He has done it!

The way to God is opened
10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
     after that time, says the Lord.
   I will put my laws in their hearts,
     and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:

   “Their sins and lawless acts
     I will remember no more.”

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


The merciful high priest
4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

The passion and death of Jesus
18:1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.

2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”

22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.”

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 — Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13—53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1—19:42

The Daily Prayer for FRIDAY, April 10, 2020
The Daily Prayer
FRIDAY, April 10, 2020

William Booth (1829—1912)

William Booth was a Methodist preacher in Britain who co-founded the Salvation Army. He was born in Nottingham and ended up living and working with his wife, Catherine, among the poor and ostracized. Out of their work on the streets was born the Salvation Army, with its uniforms and discipline. The movement became structured as a quasi-military organization with no physical weaponry, but with an army of people passionate about salvation and healing the broken wounds of our world.

William Booth said, “Consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Lord, help us become so familiar with your word and with your presence that thoughts of you consume our waking moments and holy fear of you brings us to worship. Then even our smallest actions will speak of you. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, April 10, 2020

Romans 5:6-8
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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The Lenten Prayer for FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 - Good Friday

40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 39 - Good Friday

My Lord,
your son has suffered so much, shed so much blood.
I was born with so many faults
and my nature is so full of weakness,
and yet your son Jesus has died on the cross.
For me.
I know your grace has the power
to cleanse me of my many sins
and to make me more like your Son.
Thank you for your goodness and love for me.
I ask you, Father, to watch over me - always.

Un dia a la Vez - Viernes 10 de abril de 2020

La soledad es mala compañía

Alma mía, en Dios solamente reposa, porque de él es mi esperanza. Él solamente es mi roca y mi salvación.

La soledad no es el mejor aliado de nadie, sino que es un senti-miento desagradable. Podría atreverme a decir que todos la hemos sentido en alguna etapa de nuestras vidas.

En Estados Unidos, donde vivo, es muy común vivir esa soledad de una manera prolongada, pues no todo el mundo tiene el privilegio de vivir aquí con sus familias y la soledad nos golpea duro.

A mi llegada a este país, tuve la experiencia de no tener en el día alguien con quien hablar.

No salía a parte alguna porque todo me era desconocido y ni siquiera tenía transporte.

Así que pasaba horas de horas en un apartamentito compuesto de un cuarto grande, con una cocina diminuta, un baño, una cama… ¡y ya!

Fue una etapa dura, pero permitió que hoy valore y aprecie mucho lo que Dios me ha permitido hacer. Te puedo decir que son etapas que vivimos que nos ayudan a madurar, a crecer y a valorar lo que quizá nunca antes le diéramos importancia.

Sin embargo, cuando empecé mi caminar en Cristo, no volví a experimentar esa horrible sensación de soledad. A pesar de que he pasado momentos de crisis, ya veo las cosas de otra manera. Ahora puedo decir con franqueza que Dios es el único que llena todo vacío y es el que colma de felicidad nuestra vida.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
La soledad no es el mejor aliado de nadie, sino que es un senti-miento desagradable.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Friday, April 10, 2020

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble…?

The question asked is a personal one. Not “what” can separate us but “who”? The inference is our enemy, Satan, who tries every tactic he can garner to make us think we can be separated from Christ’s love. Today we look at his tactic of “trouble.”

Chinese Brother Mak spent years in prison and tells of the trouble he experienced from his captors and what he learned from it:

At first, they would punch and kick me. There was a certain guard who slapped my face over a hundred times until his hand hurt. Then I said to him, “Praise the Lord! I will pray for your hand.”

The most painful experience was when they raised me with my hands turned backward, and using handcuffs, attached my hands to two bars on an iron gate. Then they moved the iron gate back and forth from left to right, pulling my whole torso. It felt as if my entire body would rip apart. The area where my hands were cuffed especially hurt. The iron from the handcuffs seemed to enter my very joints, preventing the blood in my palms from circulating normally.

During this time, I experienced just how much the Lord loves me. Because He does love me, He calls me to suffer, and to experience more of His love. He also makes me realize how minute and temporal peoples’ suffering is, compared to a future eternity with the Lord. This is God’s teaching. He is teaching me how to walk the way of the cross.

If I don’t suffer, how can I learn to serve? My suffering is for my benefit. Suffering leads me to face death. Only in this way can I die with Christ, and then be buried and resurrected with Him. Living is a struggle. This is the only way to reach heaven and experience victory. Thanks be to God! Jesus Christ has already triumphed over everything.

RESPONSE: I will live this day in the awareness that troubles can never separate me from Christ’s love.

PRAYER: Lord, may all Christian prisoners today gain the insights of Your love like Brother Mak.

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

Men of the Bible - Friday, April 10, 2020


His name means: "Little Sun"

His work: To deliver Israel from the Philistines.
His character: Samson's erotic attachments to foreign women eventually led to his death. A man of mythic strength, he was inwardly weak, given to anger and unfaithful to his Nazirite vows. His prayers, as well as his actions against the Philistines, seem to have been motivated by the desire for personal vengeance.
His sorrow: To have been blinded and imprisoned by his lifelong enemies.
His triumph: To have killed more Philistines by his death than he had while living.
Key Scriptures: Judges 13-16

A Look at the Man

One of the first Bible stories children hear is the story of Samson, the man who defeated his enemies with a superhuman feat of strength. But it is such an unsavory story that we find ourselves leaving out certain details, for example, Samson's boasting, his visits to prostitutes, or his murderous rage. Even the man's prayers were selfish, focused as they were on his own desire for revenge rather than on God's glory.

Why would God, knowing the future, choose such a person to play such a role, even sending an angel to announce his birth? The question is not easily answered. But it is certainly true that Samson would have been a better man had he paid attention to the call God had placed on his life. Instead, he seems to have squandered the promise of his life by living it in a self-centered, self-directed way.

Ironically, the pattern of his life formed a vivid picture of Israel's own unfaithfulness during a period when it seemed incapable of resisting the allurement of foreign gods. And so the people God had set apart and called his own, the nation he intended to build up and make strong, grew progressively weaker in the land he had promised.

Samson's story reminds us of God's faithfulness, of his ability to deliver his people regardless of the circumstances and despite their sins. It also reminds us of what can happen when we allow ourselves to become attached to things and people, however enticing, that might end in our own self-destruction.

Reflect On: Judges 16:23–31
Praise God: For his sovereignty.
Offer Thanks: For God’s strength working within you.
Confess: Any promises you have made to God and not kept.
Ask God: To make you a person who is strong on the inside.

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One of the first Bible stories children hear is the story of Samson, the man who defeated his enemies with a superhuman feat of strength.

LHM Daily Devotions April 10, 2020 - "FREE AT LAST"


April 10, 2020

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. ... When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt ... (Pharaoh) summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, "Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said." (Exodus 12:29a, 31)

It was an amazing and terrifying night. Pharaoh went to bed the overlord of a million slaves. By morning he was a bereaved father, and those slaves were free—on their way out of the country to a new and better land.

It was an amazing and terrifying day, that first Good Friday. Satan started it as the oppressor and enslaver of the whole human race. By nightfall he was a dethroned tyrant, and those slaves were free—rescued by the Son of God and delivered into God's kingdom forever.

No wonder the earth shook! No wonder the rocks split! The universe had never seen anything like this—that God Himself would lay down His own life in shame and suffering, killed at the hands of His own creation. Who could have predicted such a thing? What kind of a God is this, who gives up His own life to set His people free?

This is a God who loves us, against all logic and common sense. This is the Son of God who cooked up this whole plan in the counsel of the Trinity, with the Father and the Spirit, one God. His intent has always been to rescue us, ever since we fell into the power of evil way back in the Garden of Eden. And now He has accomplished it—at the cost of His own life.

Sad as this day is, it is a day of rejoicing as well—a truly Good Friday. Because we know what happens next, now that Jesus has set us free. He Himself will be our Leader, now and always—as the crucified and risen Son of God.

THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for setting us free. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
* Are there occasions that are both sad and happy for you? When?

* If you were in God's shoes, would you have rescued humanity the way He did? Why or why not?

* Only if you are willing, describe one particular area of your life where you were enslaved—and Jesus set you free.
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).
Are there occasions that are both sad and happy for you? When?

Devocional CPTLN del 10 de abril de 2020 - "Finalmente libres"


Finalmente libres

10 de Abril de 2020

Pero Jesús, después de clamar nuevamente a gran voz, entregó el espíritu. En ese momento el velo del templo se rasgó en dos, de arriba hacia abajo; la tierra tembló, las rocas se partieron, los sepulcros se abrieron, y muchos cuerpos de santos, que ya habían muerto, volvieron a vivir.

A la medianoche, el Señor hirió de muerte a todos los primogénitos en la tierra de Egipto... Y esa misma noche el faraón se levantó... y en todo Egipto hubo un gran clamor, porque no había una casa donde no hubiera un muerto. Éxodo 12:29-30

Fue una noche aterradora. El faraón, señor supremo de un millón de esclavos, se fue a la cama. Por la mañana era un padre desconsolado, y los esclavos eran libres.

El primer Viernes Santo fue un día aterrador. Satanás lo comenzó como el opresor y esclavizador de toda la raza humana. Al anochecer era un tirano destronado, y los esclavos eran libres, rescatados por el Hijo de Dios y entregados al reino de Dios para siempre.

¡No es de extrañar que la tierra temblara! ¡No es de extrañar que las rocas se rompieran! El universo nunca había visto a Dios mismo dando su propia vida, en vergüenza y sufrimiento, asesinado a manos de su propia creación. ¿Quién podría haber predicho tal cosa? ¿Qué clase de Dios es este, que da su propia vida para liberar a su pueblo?

Es un Dios que nos ama contra toda lógica y sentido común. El Hijo de Dios, que preparó todo este plan en el consejo de la Trinidad, con el Padre y el Espíritu, un solo Dios. Su intención siempre ha sido rescatarnos, desde que caímos en el poder del mal en el Jardín de Edén. Y ahora lo logró, a costa de su propia vida.

Por triste que sea este día, también es un día de alegría, un verdadero Viernes Santo. Porque sabemos lo que sucede después, ahora que Jesús nos ha liberado. El mismo Hijo de Dios, crucificado y resucitado, será nuestro líder ahora y para siempre.

ORACIÓN: Querido Dios, gracias por liberarnos a través del sacrificio de Jesús. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* Si estuvieras en los zapatos de Dios, ¿hubieras rescatado a la humanidad como él lo hizo?

* Describe un área particular de tu vida en la que estabas esclavizado y Jesús te liberó.
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Si estuvieras en los zapatos de Dios, ¿hubieras rescatado a la humanidad como él lo hizo?

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Hãy Vững Vàng

Đọc: Mác 15:33–41 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: I Sa-mu-ên 15-16; Lu-ca 10:25–42

Hãy vững vàng, chớ rúng động. — I Cô-rinh-tô 15:58

Ở đất nước Adrian và gia đình đang sống, họ phải chịu bắt bớ vì niềm tin nơi Chúa Jêsus. Tuy vậy, vượt qua tất cả, họ đã sống bày tỏ tình yêu của Đấng Christ. Đứng trong sân nhà thờ, nơi bị đạn dội vào khi bọn khủng bố dùng đó làm sân tập, Adrian nói: “Hôm nay là Lễ Thương Khó. Chúng tôi nhớ đến Chúa Jêsus đã chịu khổ vì chúng tôi trên thập tự giá.” Và chịu khổ là điều mà các tín hữu ở đó đều hiểu rõ. Nhưng gia đình ông vẫn chọn ở lại: “Chúng tôi vẫn ở lại, vẫn đứng tại đây.”

Những tín hữu này noi gương những người phụ nữ đứng dưới chân cây thập tự khi Chúa Jêsus chịu chết (Mác 15:40). Ma-ri Ma-đơ-len, Ma-ri mẹ của Gia-cơ và Giô-sép, và Sa-lô-mê đã rất can đảm khi ở lại, vì bạn bè và gia đình của người thù nghịch với chính quyền có thể bị chế nhạo và hình phạt. Nhưng những người phụ nữ này đã bày tỏ lòng yêu kính Chúa Jêsus bằng chính sự hiện diện của mình. Như khi họ “theo và phục vụ Đức Chúa Jêsus khi Ngài còn ở Ga-li-lê” (c. 41), họ đã ở bên cạnh Ngài trong giờ phút cần nhất.

Hôm nay, khi nhớ đến món quà vĩ đại nhất của Đấng Cứu Thế, tức là sự chết của Ngài trên thập tự giá, hãy dành vài phút để suy nghĩ làm thế nào để chúng ta đứng vững vì Chúa Jêsus khi đối diện với thử thách trăm bề (hãy xem Gia. 1:2–4). Cũng hãy nghĩ đến các tín hữu khác trên toàn thế giới đang chịu bắt bớ vì đức tin của họ. Như điều Adrian đã hỏi: “Bạn có thể cùng đứng với chúng tôi trong lời cầu nguyện không?”
Những người xung quanh bạn đã đứng vững vì Đấng Christ thế nào? Bạn có thể hỗ trợ cho các tín hữu chịu bắt bớ trên khắp thế giới bằng cách nào?
Cứu Chúa yêu thương ơi, Ngài đã sẵn lòng chết để cứu chúng con ra khỏi tội. Hôm nay, khi chúng con kỷ niệm lễ thương khó, xin ban cho chúng con có lòng biết ơn sâu sắc đối với món quà kỳ diệu này.

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Ở đất nước Adrian và gia đình đang sống, họ phải chịu bắt bớ vì niềm tin nơi Chúa Jêsus. Tuy vậy, vượt qua tất cả, họ đã sống bày tỏ tình yêu của Đấng Christ.