Date: Friday, April 18
Verse: In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.” (Mark 15:31)
The video embedded below (and HERE) appeared on my Facebook timeline recently. It depicts people doing remarkable things, even putting themselves in harm’s way, to save another, in most cases someone they have never met. When I watch it, it makes me wonder if I would have had the courage to do what they have done for those in need.
Today’s passage is dripping with irony. As Jesus is being crucified, he is mocked by nearly everyone for not being able to save himself. If only he would come down, they say, then we would believe. Little do they know that Jesus’ death on the cross is for their sake. Through this act of faith, and the resurrection to come, Jesus is bringing the whole world back into relationship with God. By not saving himself, he is saving us.
Today is a day to remember what Jesus did for us. We remember his sacrifice, reflect on his time on the cross, and know that even in our darkest times God is with us, as he was with Jesus on the cross. Today, let us remember and give thanks.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the sacrifice you made for me. Amen.
Action: Take a break during lunch today, and remember the hours Jesus spent on the cross. Then join us for worship tonight at 7pm at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church.
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