JESUS CONSOLES THE WOMEN (Luke 23: 27-31, Matthew 7:21)
THOUGHT Jesus sees the women weeping for him as he is carrying the cross and he see their sadness, he stops to console them.
REMINDER What a reminder how compassionate Jesus was, even during his suffering he could hardly bear their sadness and he consoled them. We want to remember that even during our suffering to turn to help others and not just focus on ourselves. To endure pain and suffering but not to be grumpy or complaining during those times but turn it around by consoling others.
Lord, please teach us to wear the cloak of compassion and kindness even during our tough times.
JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME (Psalm 37:23-24, Hebrews 4:14-15)
THOUGHT Jesus collapsed again, he is exhausted, broken and has no strength. He falls and lies on the ground, in such a humanly form of exhaustion.
REMINDER How often do we feel we have no more strength to move on? We become exhausted with the stress of our world, remember on our heavenly Father to carry us and to rescue us during this time of stress. Carry on, Jesus took all sins away so we can carry on and have a beautiful ride of our lives. He endured all the suffering so we can live a full life of grace because we are always granted forgiveness.
JESUS IS STRIPPED (John 19:23-24, Psalm 22:16-18)
THOUGHT The King of all Kings is stripped of his clothes, he has nothing, yet he has everything. The Love of his Father.
REMINDER This is a tough reminder, that we need nothing but God’s eternal love to get us through this life. His precious love, yet we get wrapped up with the material things in this world. We need to remember try to wipe away the sins, of pride, prestige, wealth, or envy. Dear Heavenly Father, please strip me of these sins and forgive me for the days I have walked in these sins. You were stripped down to nothing yet knew you had everything. Keep us focused on the Love of God daily.
JESUS IS CRUCIFIED (Luke 23:33-43, John 19:1)
THOUGHT My heart and mind can’t even image this scene. The executioners stretch his arms out and held his hands out then hammered a nail in each hand, then they raised his knees ups so the his feet are flat against the wood and hammered them fast into the cross.
REMINDER What a reminder when we look at the cross that Jesus endured all of this for each and everyone, for our souls, for our souls! How can we ever repay him for this sacrifice? Remember when you have your crosses to bear they are so minor to what Jesus did for you and I, Jesus was our co-redeemer of humanity.
Please Pray! Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your sacrifice of your only Son, we are reminded each Easter about the suffering Jesus did for us and we pray that we can release all of our suffering and sins to you and to be redeemed by your everlasting merciful forgiveness and eternal love. In your name we pray, Amen!