Lenten Devotional April 20

04.20.19 | by Lauren Christenberry

    Theme: Journey to the Cross Through Luke

    This week our Lenten journey will come to a close, but this does not mean our story ends here. Over the next few days, we will spend time in the moments that lead us to the cross. We will hear moments of pain, sacred times of prayer, and see how those who followed Jesus responded to it all.

     

    Scripture: Luke 23:32-38, 44-46

    They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing. 

     

    The people were standing around watching, but the leaders sneered at him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save himself if he really is the Christ sent from God, the chosen one.”

     

    The soldiers also mocked him. They came up to him, offering him sour wine and saying, “If you really are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” Above his head was a notice of the formal charge against him. It read “This is the king of the Jews.”

     

    It was now about noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until about three o’clock, while the sun stopped shining. Then the curtain in the sanctuary tore down the middle. Crying out in a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.” After he said this, he breathed for the last time.

     

    Reflection:
    Jesus said:

    “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

    “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.”

    Jesus said these two statements as he was being taunted on the cross with bets going against his clothing.

    “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

    “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.”

    Jesus said these two statements as the nails drove through his hands and feet with a crown of thorns on his head.

    “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

    “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.”

    Jesus said this knowing the journey it took to get here, as well as knowing the brokenness that would still occur in this life.

    “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

    “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.”

    Today I would like you to use these words as your prayer to God and filling in the blanks as needed. Always remember, although the darkness of Friday is upon us, Sunday is coming. There is hope. The resurrection proves to us that the worst thing is never the last thing.

    Pray:
    Father, forgive me, for _______________________________________. Into your hands I entrust ______________________________. Amen.