Today is Good Friday. My phone’s verse of the day ended up being Luke 23:34 AMPC. My devotional for today’s verse of the day ended up being Luke 23:34 NKJV. The phone can adjust because it is software. The book was printed years ago and hence would always have this verse on April 2nd. And yet they both showed up today on Good Friday!
Do you have any plans for Good Friday? Will you do something different than a normal Friday? Might you find a church service that is taking place in person or even online? Might you make time to spend it with family and friends to remember the sacrifice that was made for us? Might you reflect on or read through the scripture that describes Good Friday’s activities?
Ever realize how God’s timing is perfect? He is rarely early and He is never late, He is right on time! So what are you in need of today? How will you spend your time? Will you be a good steward of your time today? Do you realize that it is the most valuable, non-renewal resource in your life? You will either spend it or use it or lose it and you will never get it back again. So will you make the most of your today? Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so how will you make the most of your today so that you can live it without regret? How will you live it so that you can produce good fruit in and through it? Will you take time, make time to do something that will make a difference? Will you do something that will make a difference in the lives of those closest to you? Will you do something that will make a difference in the lives of those God brings across your path today? Will you live today with purpose?
Some days are fixed by date but others are based on a different calendar and hence move around on our calendars today. So how will today be fruitful and useful? Happy Today!
“Father, forgive them”
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Luke 23:34
‘Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. ‘
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Consider what Jesus spoke from the cross.
- Consider what Jesus went through on the cross.
- Consider how Jesus responded from the cross.
- Jesus had so much grace that he spoke “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
- Even though they were putting Him to death, He knew why He came and so He gave Himself to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way.
- Jesus spoke to the Father to forgive them after the excruciatingly painful and stressful Passion week He had just endured.
- Consider the betrayal and the attacks He experience.Authorities/Leaders wanting to kill Him
- A follower – Judas betrayed Him
- Another – Peter denied knowing Him 3 times
- All the others fled when He was being arrested
- He was left alone
- He was beaten to the point where His face was unrecognizable
- He was flogged with a cat-o’-nine-tails 39 times until His back was a bloody
- He had to carry His own cross to His crucifixion
- He had spikes put through His wrists and feet
- Jesus chose to forgive rather than to be bitter
- Jesus chose to forgive rather than seek vengeance
- He hadn’t done anything to deserve it but yet He hung on the cross between two criminals
- So what did He choose to do with all those people looking on as He hung on the cross? Turn to the Father and ask Him to forgive them.
- Next time we face troubles or trials or persecution, what will be our first response? Will it be to turn to God? Will it be to forgive?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How would you have responded if you had heard Jesus pray for those people?
- Asked the people what they were thinking when they heard Him
What does His prayer of forgiveness for those people mean to you today?
- That He was willing to take whatever it took to be able to make a way for people to be saved from the penalty of sin.
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
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