Today meditate on these questions. Have you ever denied Jesus? Have you given Him your most precious things in life? Dedicate today in thinking how you can spend more time with Him. Give Him the precious gift of time. On this Holy Wednesday Jesus continues teaching in the temple daily, He tells his disciples to find a room where they can prepare for the Passover and the Lord’s Supper. The chief priests were finalizing the plot to arrest Jesus with Judas assistance. A woman comes to Jesus with the Alabaster jar and washes Him with her most precious oil. Picture by Michael Belk.
THOUGHTJesus emptied every piece of humanity into this world for us and he expresses his last words; “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” Luke 23:34“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 “Dear woman, here is your son.” John 19:26 “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:34 “I am thirsty.” John 19:28“It is finished!” John 19:30 “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” Luke 23:46
REMINDER This is the most memorable day for the world to know that Jesus died for us. God put his Son here on this earth so we may be reminded we are human and therefore we are not perfect but we can always turn to God with each and every fall or failure. We can’t depend on the earthly world but we can always depend on our spiritual life. Depend on Christ.
JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN (John 19: 38-40, Psalm 22: 14-15)
THOUGHT The sacrifice is over and done. His mother cradles him in his arms just as the day he was born and now she cradles a man, weeping thinking humanly….. what has been done. We need to be reminded of her sacrifice of her Son. Think about sacrificing your child. Every mother can feel her sorrow and pain.
REMINDER This is a true reminder, we will lose a loved one on our journey in this world, we will need to pray for grace during the times of despair knowing that God has control and His will is what will be done. Pray for the grace of God during these times and He will prevail.
JESUS IS BURIED (Mark 15: 46-47, Matthew 27: 57-61)
THOUGHT Jesus’ mortal life ended, his human life is done. REMINDER Jesus’ death is a true reminder that we are human and we are weak but we can have the spirit of Jesus in everything we do. This teaching of suffering and love showed us how his short ride of his life will never be forgotten. He gave his life for us to have eternal love here on this earth and have eternal life after our mortality.
Dear Heavenly Father, Your only son you gave us, the suffering and the wounds were taken so that we may be healed and the gates of eternal life was open. Lord, please help us to be reminded each and everyday that the gift of eternal love and life was done on this day. We thank you and praise you for all you have given us. By your wounds we are healed. In your name, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
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!
VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS (Isaiah 53:2-3, Matthew 25:40)
THOUGHT Veronica takes a cloth and wipes the face of Jesus, but it wasn’t just the sweat and tears, it was blood too. The very blood that he shed for us. REMINDER Pain and suffering are still very real in our lives, our love ones and this world. Remember to help people who are suffering around us. Invite our Lord to live in you and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to know who to reach out to, not just the needy but even someone who is suffering from a broken heart. Ask God, please help me to do this because I need courage and self-sacrifice and I am weak with out you.
JESUS FALLS AGAIN (Psalm 38:6-22, Isaiah 63:9)
THOUGHT Jesus falls again, how hard must that have been to see him suffer and fall. But think about this… God knows we will fall again and again. Jesus continues to persevere in order to do God, our Fathers will.
REMINDER Remember that we are human and we will fall again and again, make wrong turns on our ride. Some may be simple failures, bumps in the road and some may be big blow outs, but be reminded that Jesus fell for us. Reach out to ask for help in prayer always. Do not give up, persevere like Jesus did and continue to do God’s work. Remember we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
JESUS SEES HIS MOTHER (Luke 2:25-40, Lamentations 1:12, John 19:26-27)
THOUGHT Jesus sees his Mother, can you even image when their eyes met? She has seen him whipped and you know she feels his suffering. Jesus gives her the look knowing this is his Father’s will, so nothing is spoken from Mary’s lips. I can only believe that the pain and the tears were overwhelming for both.
REMINDER We too have to endure pain around us with loved ones and the suffering of this world. It is harder to watch the ones you love suffer more so than your own suffering but we know with suffering producers endurance. Roman 5:3-5 reminds us, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Hope that when we suffer we come together in love and we know when love comes in all things work together.
PRAYER Dear Heavenly Father, you know my heart and all my pain, please help me to know that I will gain character and hope through every struggle. I know perseverance builds character and with a relationship with you will help me find the way. Amen
SIMON HELPS JESUS (Mark 15:21, Mark 8:34, 2 Timothy 2:3)
REMINDER How often do we try to carrier our own burdens (cross)? Be reminded when someone helps you, they are given the chance to be a Simon and to carry some of your burdens through love and prayer. Every time you help others, feed the hungry, lend a helping hand or give a simple smile, you too are being a Simon in this world.
THOUGHT Again, God shows Jesus as a human; his strength is gone and he needs help because he can’t bear this cross alone. Even Jesus needed help.
PRAYER Dear Heavenly Father, Please let me allow people to help me in during my struggles, that I may be able to ask for help even if it is in just prayer. Please take away the shame or guilt when asking for help, allow me to receive it with your grace. Father, please show me who I need to help in time of need even during my own suffering. Amen.
As we ride through this week, join me in a little special moment to remember the Easter season. Every day until Easter I will share a thought, reminder to ponder and a prayer.
JESUS IS CONDEMNED Jesus is judged by Pilate (Luke 23:13-25) Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns (Luke 22:63-65; John 19:2-3)
THOUGHT Think about the fact our perfect Lamb of God, Jesus was condemned. Jesus realizes that Pilate is unjust and how Pilate followed the will of the people and that Pilate had power over Jesus. Jesus the Son of God obeys the earthly law but Jesus knows it is his Father’s will.
REMINDER This is a great reminder that we should try to obey our Lord and really think….. What is His will for me? Do we often listen to much to the earthly will and to our peers and not silence ourselves to really hear God’s will for us.
PRAYER Jesus, I love you. Please help me to recognize my faults and to fully submit to doing your will in all I do.
JESUS IS GIVEN HIS CROSS Jesus takes up the cross (Mark 15:20)
THOUGHT The cross is real to Jesus and He knows that this is what his Father chose for him. He receives it with grace.
REMINDER How often do we complain or feel that our life is so painful and we have discomforts that seem unfair. Let’s be reminded that we have our little crosses to carry and Jesus carries our crosses for us each and every day. Be grateful in all situations.
PRAYER Jesus, I love you. Please help me to recognize that you suffered for me and that I need to remember that my burdens little or big need to be laid at your feet.
THOUGHT God shows us again the human side of Jesus and how he falls and how often we can fall.
REMINDER We need to try to accept our weaknesses and be reminded that God sees no weakness in us. He will give us strength to get up after each and every fall. We shouldn’t give up for He is with us in all we do. Trust that he can help carry your crosses.
PRAYER Jesus, I love you. Please give me the strength to understand my own weaknesses in order to learn and grow closer to you, knowing you are the great “I AM”.