DAY 40

April 15, 2017

As you can tell, today is DAY 40.
This 2017 Lenten Devotional has helped me grow in my walk with our God. I hope it was a blessing to you!
 
It has been a great spiritual discipline to ponder the Scriptures, be convicted by them, be led by them to repent, and seek to please God more with my life. Thank you for each of you who read and joined the journey with me. 
 
I will be posting one more devotional tomorrow as we celebrate Resurrection Day!
 
DAY 40
 
REFLECT:
Luke 23

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 

51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 

52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 

53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 

54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 

56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

 

Not much is said about Holy Saturday.

As we've read, Saturday is the Sabbath day for the Jews--a day for rest. 

 

But imagine how these disciples were on this Sabbath day...

sad, confused, perplexed, and afraid. 

Certainly, their minds were filled with questions.

Their hearts must have been anxious.

They were a haunted by the Jews and hunted by the Romans for being associated with Jesus. 

 

Unless they remembered the words of Jesus, they had no way of knowing that everything would change again within the next several hours—that Jesus would rise from the grave, that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them, that this feeling of hopelessness would be replaced by triumph.

 

But on Holy Saturday the disciples felt HELPLESS.

 

On this Holy Saturday let us ponder anew what life is like without Christ,

when we realize the impact of sin,

when we consider the mistakes we’ve made,

when we've felt distant from God,

when we've hidden from Him,

when we see how unworthy we are...

YES. Life is indeed helpless and hopeless without Christ!

 

CONFESS:

Father,

Today I remember how wonderful it is to have my sins forgiven.

How freeing it is to trust in you.

I celebrate Christ's glorious Resurrection.

And rejoice in the overwhelming victory I have, because of Him!

Thank you for the hope I have.

In Christ's name. Amen!

 

PRAY:

Psalm 40 

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

4 Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
 None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

 

 

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