Monday: Watch and Pray! vv 32-42
‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’ v34
Here we see Jesus at maybe one of his most ‘human’ moments. His heart feels like it’s breaking and, whilst he knows he needs to spend time with his father, he also needs his friends to be there for him and it hurt him that they couldn’t manage to stay awake. We, too, need people who can stand (or kneel, or sit!) with us as we face the difficult things we have to deal with. That’s why church is so important! Who are you praying for today?
Tuesday: The Scriptures must be fulfilled! vv42-51
‘Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.’ v49
The Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law thought that everything that was happening was according to their plans, but we see here that, actually, everything that happened was as the Scriptures said it would be. God was in control! It can be difficult, sometimes, to see just where God is in everything that is going on in our lives. Know that He is there and He knows the plans He has for you. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Spend time today thanking God for this
Wednesday: No evidence! vv53-59
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. v55
What had Jesus actually done to so badly offend the leaders that they tried so hard to find evidence against him and even got people to lie? Healed the sick? Fed the hungry? Preached the word of God? They don’t sound like something you would want to kill for, do they? But actually, they struck fear into the hearts of those who were used to things as they had always been and who thought they understood all there was to know about God. Fear is a powerful thing: fear of things changing, fear of losing what we think should be ours, fear of taking a risk. Don’t let fear stop you from being part of the change that God wants to bring about in our church, our community and the world. Why not pray about your fears now?
Thursday: I am….. vv60-65
‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ v62
I am! I am the Son of God! I am the one who was promised! I am the Lord of heaven and earth! I am! And yet, this Lord of heaven and earth who could have called the angels to rescue him, who could so easily have broken the chains that held him and saved himself, had submitted himself to the will of God and allowed himself to be beaten, spat upon and led towards the cross. “You chose the cross with every breath, the perfect life, the perfect death. You chose the cross”. Spend some time ‘lost in wonder, love and praise’!
Friday: Wimping out for Jesus! vv66-72
He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know this man you’re talking about?’ v71
We’ve all done it, haven’t we? Someone dares to call us a Christian and we back-track, make it sound like something that we do on a Sunday rather than someone that we are? Someone asks us a question and we decline to answer rather than risk facing ridicule or persecution? Once again, we’re in good company! And yet we know, don’t we, that Peter is the rock upon which Jesus built his church. Don’t think for one second that God can’t use you because you’ve failed him!!