Easter Activity: Day 7

Scripture: “There they nailed Him to the cross. Two others were crucified with Him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. “ John 19:18

Devotional: Crucifixion was designed for maximum pain and humiliation. It was designed to make suffering linger-death was slow to come. This is where Jesus is today-body, soul and spirit in agony-his suffering on full display to anyone who walks by and to his friends and family gathered.

The Scriptures tell us that he was crucified with two others. This wasn’t unusual, crucifixion was often done in groups, but we are also told of the exchange that goes on between Jesus and the other two men, and this is unusual. One man uses his pain and suffering to berate Jesus, to push Jesus away. The other man is able to see through his pain and suffering to who Jesus really is. His request to Jesus is “remember me when you get to your Kingdom.” In other words, “I know who you are, Jesus. This isn’t the end, and when you get to your Kingdom, remember me.”Think about this, in the midst of His pain-body and soul- Jesus listens to one more plea for His help and answers with love. In the process of being sacrificed, Jesus does not fall into self-pity, He offers salvation. He hears the man’s spoken request and silent need and responds to both: “I see your faith. I see you. I promise you, I’m bringing you with me.”

 

Activity: Hold your hands in front of you, cupped. Imagine they are holding all the times you have been angry and frustrated at Jesus. Think about Jesus looking at you. He sees you. Just like He saw the man next to Him on the cross.  His eyes are kind towards you. He can be trusted. Let go. Return your heart to Him-and repent if needed. Then, and this is important, receive and hold onto what Jesus has promised. (Perhaps read them out loud.)  

“I am going away, but I will come back for you and we will be together always.”  (John 14:28)

“I am sending the Holy Spirit to you to remind you of all the things I have said.”  (John 14:25,26)

“My Father and I will come make our home in those who love and obey us.” (John 14:23)

As you are reminding and receiving these truths, hold on to the person’s hand next to you as a physical symbol. If it’s just you or your people aren’t the hand-holding type, clasp your hands together. Which of these promises is hardest for you to believe? Write this promise down and add it to your collection of devotional artwork. Look at it often and believe.
 

Songs: “One Day” — “If God/Nothing but the Blood” — “More” (Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart)


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